Martin Way Study

Purpose of the study

The City of Olympia and Thurston Regional Planning Council (TRPC) partnered on a study to support the transformation of the Martin Way District in Olympia.

The vision for the Martin Way District is to achieve a mixed-use district containing residential, commercial, retail, and office uses. The lack of transportation and public utility infrastructure is assumed to be a barrier to redevelopment in the district.

The study objectives are to define infrastructure needs, and how public funds can be used to leverage improvements consistent with the corridor vision. The study also includes a market analysis of properties in the district and identify opportunities for development and re-development.

Study area

The Martin Way District stretches about 1.5 miles from Sawyer Street to Lilly Road and includes a 1/4 mile area on either side. This area of Martin Way is characterized by proximity to the regional Providence St. Peter Hospital and other regional medical facilities, a large open space and wetland area, and some of the last undeveloped parcels of land along Martin Way.

The district has frequent transit service, yet does not have a complete sidewalk network. The urban form of the area and density of land uses are relatively un-urban, despite its central location and close proximity to downtown Olympia and I-5.


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