Meet the New MarketFront
Pike Place Market is growing for the first time in 40 years with the new “MarketFront.” The expansion completes the Market Historic District, and will provide a dynamic public plaza with views of Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains, 47 table spaces for farmers and craftspeople, a new brewery, seafood restaurant, chocolate maker and biscuit café. 300 new underground spaces will relieve parking pressure.
True to the Market’s charter, the expansion includes low-income housing and a neighborhood center with additional social services for the Market community.
June 2015: Groundbreaking
June 2017: Grand Opening
Construction is led by Sellen Construction. The Miller Hull Partnership is the selected architecture firm. Project management is led by the Seattle-based firm SOJ. Excavation of the site began in June 2015. The project is on schedule to be completed this spring, with a Grand Opening celebration on June 29, 2017.
Design & Renderings
This expansion project poses an interesting challenge for building new construction in a historic district. Project architects have incorporated simple and utilitarian materials including heavy timber, galvanized steel and concrete, to create a familiar Market backdrop, with fresh expressions of Pacific Northwest industrial toughness to retain the character of the Market. All renderings courtesy of The Miller Hull Partnership.
Growing more of the Market you love
True to the character and purposes of Pike Place Market, the new MarketFront will offer opportunities for farmers to sell direct to customers, local businesses to start up and low-income neighbors to find housing and services. Take a peek:
The site of the future Pike Place MarketFront was home to the Municipal Market Building, built for Market farmers and producers in the early ’20s. In 1974, the building caught fire and was demolished. Multiple feasibility studies and development proposals in the following years failed to be economically viable; development constraints included an active Burlington Northern Santa Fe train tunnel beneath the site and height restrictions within the historic district zone.
After decades of study, the Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority (PDA) is realizing a decades-long goal to complete the last piece of the Market Historic District. The timing of the $74 million project is driven by the future replacement of the Alaskan Way Viaduct; the project will deliver 300 underground parking spaces before the Viaduct removal.
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