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Waterfront Entrance

Pike Place Market is growing with the MarketFront, a waterfront entrance to Seattle’s historic public market. The expansion will transform a surface parking lot on the Market’s western boundary into a public plaza with additional space for farmers, craftspeople, artisan purveyors, low-income housing and social services.

At the MarketFront, there will be room to relax and soak up the views, alongside a community where all of our neighbors thrive. Watch a Short Film to Learn More

What is the Pike Place Market Waterfront Entrance or MarketFront? 

The Waterfront Entrance, also known as the new "MarketFront" will encompass a new low-rise, mixed-use development that will transform the western edge of Pike Place Market and create a future connection between downtown Seattle and the new central waterfront.

The new site will provide parking for Pike Place Market and the central waterfront, added retail and restaurant space, several stories of low-income housing and social services. The Waterfront Entrance will also provide additional public open space and expansive views of Puget Sound while connecting the Market to the Waterfront with easy pedestrian access.

The removal of the Alaskan Way Viaduct and the development of the central waterfront are key factors in the opportunity to create the new Waterfront Entrance on what is currently a .75-acre surface parking lot on Western Ave. This site is the key piece needed to complete the 30-year vision for the Market Historic District.

Site History

The .75 acre site was originally home to the Municipal Market Building, constructed in the 1920s. In 1974 the Municipal building caught fire and was subsequently torn down. The space has remained vacant for nearly 40 years due to its challenging site location, which sits on top of the Burlington Northern Train tunnel, built in 1903 and still operational today.

Project Timeline

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.

To see the complete timeline, preliminary building plans, and photo examples of other public markets, please view the latest WRC Project Update listed below.

Public Meetings

Extensive community involvement has played a vital role in the process to date. The PDA Charter requires public disclosure and a review process for actions that may have a substantial effect on Market merchants, tenants, residents and others in the Market community, and this includes projects like the Waterfront Entrance. Public meetings are listed below.    

Get Involved

  • Join us for the Pike Up! Parade and Flag Raising on Oct. 30 at noon on Pike Place! At that time, the Market Foundation will reveal new donor opportunities that will allow Market supporters to write their name into history at Pike Place Market. 
  • Volunteer your time and talents in the Market click here to sign-up
  • Attend PDA Council and Waterfront Redevelopment Committee meetings or public meetings regarding the project 

Waterfront Entrance and PDA Council Meetings

Updates on the project will occur at monthly at PDA Council meetings and Waterfront Redevelopment Committee meetings. All meetings are in the Elliott Bay Room 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 Waterfront Entrance on the Waterfront Entrance Documents page.

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Pike Place Market Waterfront Entrance in the News

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

Crosscut.com
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

Media Inquiries

Media Contact: Emily Crawford, Marketing and PR Manager, 206.774.5278; emily.crawford@pikeplacemarket.org