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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 dynamic public plaza with fantastic views of Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains, table space for farmers, craftspeople and artisan purveyors, commercial space, low-income housing, a neighborhood center, and 300 public parking spaces. 

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.

Site History

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.

Key Features 

  • 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
  • 47 new daystall tables for farmers, crafters and artists 
  • 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

Project Timeline

Construction will begin in spring 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.


Funding for the $73 million project comes from the PDA, parking mitigation funds from the City of Seattle and WSDOT, a $9 million capital fundraising campaign led by The Market Foundation, low-income housing tax credits, grants, PDA equity and debt, new market tax credits and grant funds. The PDA funded the initial exploratory design concepts along with support from the City of Seattle. 

Pike Up! is a $9 million capital campaign launched by The Market Foundation to help fund the MarketFront project. For the first time in 30 years, Market supporters have the opportunity to engrave a name or message into Pike Place Market history through Market Charms, which will hang on the new MarketFront as an art installation, or bronze Piggybank Hoofprints, leading to the MarketFront Plaza. Learn more: www.PikeUp.org

MarketFront FAQ

Media Contact
Emily Crawford, PR Manager
E-mail: Emily.Crawford@pikeplacemarket.org
Tel: 206.774.5278.

Press Kit
Images (Downloadable zip file. High resolution images are available, contact PR Manager above for high res images.) 
MarketFront Video
News Clips
Press Room

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Public Meetings 

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 dianna.goodsell@pikeplacemarket.org 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.

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Pike Place MarketFront in the News

Seattle City Council Committee Approves $34M So Pike Place Market Can Expand Westward

Take a listen to NPR station KUOW's feature story on the MarketFront. Hear how the expansion will reconnect the Market with the waterfront, provide more vendor stalls, senior housing, a public plaza and parking.

Pike Place expansion plan passes key milestone

Seattle Met 
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

Seattle Magazine 
How Our 107-Year-Old Market Survived
August 2014

Seattle Times
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