Manager Optimistic for Brewery Property

Some might say Michael Matthias has the hardest job in town.

Matthias is the brewery redevelopment project manager for the former Olympia brewery, hired for two years by the City of Tumwater and the Thurston County Economic Development Council to try and inject some life into a site that is set to face a decade of inactivity after Miller Brewing Co. closed the doors in June 2003.

Thurston County Commercial Real Estate Begins to Recover

Despite the number of vacancies — and some are quite visible, such as the former Kmart in Olympia, the former Albertsons in Lacey and some of the 15 office buildings that make up the Woodland Square Loop area of Lacey — the Thurston County commercial real estate market is showing signs of incremental improvement.