“Pike Place Market deserves to live on, as a link with Seattle’s past, a meaningful and much-loved part of its present, and a place of unlimited possibilities for its future.” -Victor Steinbrueck, Market Sketchbook, 1968
Imagine a place where the heart of downtown and Seattle’s new waterfront meet. Where better than at Pike Place Market, with the farmers, artists, and local character that you love?
As Seattle opens up to the waterfront, the western edge of Pike Place Market will transform into a place where one can see the sweeping beauty of the Olympic Mountains and Elliott Bay from a public viewing deck and enjoy the dining and shopping experience unique to this historic place. In the new "MarketFront," there will be room to relax and soak up the views, alongside a community where all of our neighbors thrive.
When you combine the iconic Pike Place Market heritage and Seattle’s stunning waterfront, you get the very heart of Seattle and a magical place to be. Watch a Short Film to Learn More
What is the Pike Place Market Waterfront Entrance?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Notice of Daystall Coffee Reception
Join Us to Learn More about the Waterfront Entrance Project and to Ask Questions
Everyone is Welcome!
Date: Saturday, August 23, 2014
Time: 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Where: North Arcade at the Roll Call board at the northernmost end of the arcade
Please join us for an informal opportunity to view a 3D model of the Market and Waterfront Entrance project, as well as illustrative boards showing options for the layout of the Plaza and the canopy. This event will take place before roll call commences at the roll call location. Your comments are important as we move forward. If you are unable to attend but would like to provide feedback, please contact Tamra Nisly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-774-5298.
- Enter to WIN the 1st Bronze Hoof Print on the Market’s new entrance to the waterfront: www.pikeplacewaterfrontentrance.org
- 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.
Pike Place Market Waterfront Entrance in the News
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
Media Contact: Emily Crawford, Marketing and PR Manager, 206.774.5278; email@example.com