Olympia Planning Commission to host discussion on downtown redevelopment

The Olympia Planning Commission invites the public to attend a discussion that covers the complexities of redevelopment in cities with a historic downtown.

The free public briefing will run 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 6 at City Hall, 601 Fourth Ave. E. The event will focus on Tacoma’s waterfront redevelopment and soil contamination — and what Olympia can learn from that experience, such as regulatory and financial considerations for the public and private sectors.

A panel of experts includes members of the Department of Ecology’s Toxic Cleanup Program. A question and answer period will follow the briefing.

This is the second of two briefings sponsored by the planning commission. A session was held March 16 regarding the future of transportation in downtown Olympia as the city prepares for an influx of 20,000 new residents in the next 20 years, including 5,000 residents downtown.

Both briefings will be available to view online at olympiawa.gov after April 10. To learn more, contact senior planner Amy Buckler at 360-570-5847 or abuckler@ci.olympia.wa.us.