The Pike Place MarketFront – a 40-year Vision to Complete the Market Historic District
For the first time in 40 years, Pike Place Market is growing with the “MarketFront.” The market-centric project will convert a .75-acre surface parking lot on Western Avenue into a public plaza with fantastic views of the Puget Sound and the Olympics, and provide additional vending space for farmers, craftspeople and artisan purveyors.
The site is within the Market Historic District and was part of the Friends of the Market's original plan for Pike Place Market. The MarketFront will complete the district, created in 1971, and will connect to the main arcade via the Desimone Bridge.
The Municipal Market Building formerly occupied the site. The building caught fire and was subsequently torn down in 1974. Due to the active Burlington Northern Santa Fe train tunnel underneath the site, original plans to build on the site from the 1970s were long shelved due to the cost of construction over the tunnel.
Timing of the MarketFront
The removal of the Alaskan Way Viaduct and subsequent loss of parking under the Viaduct gave Pike Place Market the unique opportunity to reclaim the site of the former Municipal Market Building. Replacement parking funds from the City of Seattle and the state are driving the timing of the MarketFront, based on the need to replace parking spaces that will be lost when the Viaduct down. The site’s location on the western edge of the Market will provide future access to the central waterfront development and create a dynamic link from the west to the Pike/Pine corridor.
- 30,000-square-feet of open public space encompassing a public plaza and viewing deck from the Desimone Bridge
- Dozens of farm and craft stalls on the roof terrace
- 12,000-square-feet of commercial and retail space for artisan purveyors
- 40 low-income housing units for seniors
- 300 covered parking spaces and 33 bicycle spaces
- 1 new Neighborhood Center with additional social services
- Multiple public art installations
Construction will begin in 2015. The Pike Place Market PDA is currently negotiating leasing agreements for the new tenants in the commercial space, which will feature an on-site brewery and restaurant with views of Elliott Bay, among other artisan producers.To open prior to the final demolition of the Alaskan Way Viaduct, the project is scheduled for completion in 2016.
Please see our MarketFront FAQ page for more information about the MarketFront.
Town Hall Meeting
6 pm, Thursday, February 19
Located in the Atrium Loft, top floor of the Economy Building - 1433 First Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101.
Notice of Public Meeting for Comment Regarding MarketFront Debt, Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, and New Market Tax Credits
4 pm, Monday, March 9, 2015
Located in the Elliott Bay Room, top floor of the Economy Building - 1433 First Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101.
Notice of Council Meeting and Possible Action Regarding MarketFront Debt, Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, and New Market Tax Credits
4 pm, Thursday, March 26, 2015
Located in the Classroom, top floor of the Economy Building - 1433 First Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101.
Your comments are important as we move forward! If you cannot attend but would like to provide feedback, please contact Dianna Goodsell at email@example.com at 206.682.7453
MarketFront and PDA Council Meetings
Updates on the project will occur at monthly at PDA Council meetings and MarketFront Committee meetings. All meetings are in the Classroom on the second floor of the Economy Building and are open to the public.
PDA Council and Committee Meeting Calendar
View and download PDA Council presentations, documents and reports regarding the Pike Place Market MarketFront on the MarketFront Documents page.
Pike Place Market Is Building a New Wing (Filled With Great Food)
February 19, 2015
Puget Sound Business Journal
A Brewer, a Baker and Chocolate Maker Part of Pike Place's $73 Million Expansion
February 6, 2015
How Our 107-Year-Old Market Survived
Pike Place Market plans focus on link to proposed waterfront park
June 24, 2013
The Architect's Newspaper
Market Growth, Seattle to expand famed Pike Place Market
April 15, 2013
Pike Place Market: Oh, what you are about to see
February 19, 2013
Puget Sound Business Journal
Major Seattle waterfront projects see flurry of activity
February 1, 2013