The agreement ensures the old brewery, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, will get a new lease on life.
OLYMPIA, Wash. — A developer wants to donate a historic brewhouse to a city south of Olympia.
The Olympian reports Tumwater Mayor Pete Kmet is expected to sign an agreement at a council meeting Tuesday that donates the 111-year-old brick structure while calling for the city to design and build public access.
Located on the Deschutes River, the six-story brewhouse served as the original Olympia Brewery until 1916. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.
The brewhouse is north of Custer Way, while the larger and more modern brewery site is located south of Custer.
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An agreement with Falls Development LLC asks that the historic building be remodeled and preserved. A 2015 study estimates those costs at $5.6 million.
Tumwater will reimburse the developer up to $1 million for infrastructure improvements tied to the building’s rehabilitation, like utilities and access roads.
People will be able to comment on the agreement during Tuesday night’s Tumwater City Council meeting.
The city is working toward creating a craft brewing and distilling hub that provides jobs and contributes to the local economy.