MarketFront Design Wins Approval from Market Historic Commission & Market Community
At least a dozen times in the last 40 years, it seemed the vision for a completed Pike Place Market Historic District would remain in the form of plans and concept studies. Now, after decades of study, three years of community input, and multiple reviews by the Market Historic Commission (MHC), the design, usage, and donor recognition elements for the new Pike Place MarketFront were approved by the MHC in January.
The approval is a major milestone in the plans for the MarketFront, an expansion on Western Avenue that would create 30,000-square-feet of new public space with phenomenal views, more room for for farmers, craftspeople and artists, an on-site brewery, 40 low-income housing units for seniors and a neighborhood center with additional social services.
The local architecture firm, The Miller Hull Partnership, designed the plans for the .75-acre mixed-use project, which is currently a surface parking lot walled by blackberry brambles on the western edge of Pike Place Market. Throughout the creative process, the architects worked closely with Market managers and consulted frequently with community members to create a design for the MarketFront that would reflect the character of Pike Place Market.
More than a dozen community members spoke during two public comment sessions at the January MHC meeting, including a former commissioner, residents, merchants, craftspeople, Market Constituency members, Friends of the Market founders and longtime Market boosters. Many voiced for support for the project, "a solution to an intricate and complex problem" that was more than 45 years in the making, longtime Market supporter Peter Steinbrueck said.
The MarketFront design includes donor recognition elements of Market Charms, Piggybank Hoofprints and Mosaic Art to honor donors to the Pike Up! campaign. This marks the first time since the popular tile campaign in the 1980s that thousands of Market supporters will have the opportunity to engrave their name into Market history, while helping to complete the final piece of Pike Place Market. Learn more about the MarketFront and write your name into Market history: www. pikeup.org