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AGENDA ITEM NO. 7a <br />MEETING DATE: April 5, 2016 <br />TO: City Council <br /> <br />FROM: Heidi Behrends Cerniwey, Assistant City Administrator/ <br />Brewery Project Manager <br /> <br />SUBJECT: Letter of Agreement with Falls Development to Acquire Old Brewhouse <br />and Trails <br />1) Attachments: <br />A. Letter of Agreement between the City of Tumwater and Falls <br />Development LLC for Tumwater Historic Brewery Site Development <br />Project <br />2) Recommended Action: <br />Authorize the Mayor to sign the Letter of Agreement, in substantially similar <br />form as approved by city attorney, to transfer ownership of Old Brewhouse <br />building, necessary easements for access, utilities, construction, and trails to <br />the City and advance adaptive reuse of the historic brewery site. <br />3) Background: <br />The Old Brewhouse is a community icon and historic landmark. The property <br />was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. The structure <br />has been on Washington Trust for Historic Preservation "Watch List" since <br />2004. Revitalizing this asset has been a City and community priority for <br />several years. <br />Over the years, the City has taken a number of actions designed to protect <br />the Old Brewhouse. These have included Comprehensive Plan goals and <br />policies to "protect designated... national landmarks" and "encourage the <br />development of the Tumwater Historic Commercial Zoning District." In the <br />mid-1990s the City adopted special zoning and shoreline designation for the <br />Old Brewhouse to encourage its preservation and redevelopment. A specific <br />City goal states "preserve historic old brewhouse" and restoration is in the <br />Capital Facility Plan. <br />Protecting and restoring the structure for future generations is in the public's <br />best interest. Redevelopment of the historic site will benefit the public, <br />preserve historic structures, provide public access, create opportunity for <br />