Pike Place MarketFront


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 expansion will reclaim an underutilized surface parking lot on Western Avenue, and create a dynamic public plaza with views of Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains, table space for farmers, craftspeople and artisan purveyors, retail space, low-income housing, a neighborhood center and parking.

The site is within the 9 acre Market Historic District and was part of the advocacy group Friends of the Market’s original plan for the Market after it was saved from urban renewal demolition plans in the ‘60s. The MarketFront will complete the historic district, created in 1971. Its design and use were created in accordance of Market historic district guidelines and the Pike Place Market charter.


Construction began in June of 2015 and is expected to be completed in January 2017. A grand opening celebration will be held in early summer of 2017, after tenant buildouts are completed. In spring 2016, all four floors on the north end of the MarketFront’s underground parking garage were installed, with construction now above the Alaskan Way Viaduct.

  • 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

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Read the latest news on the project in the Press Room 
Learn how you can be part of the MarketFront and write your name into history with the Pike Up! campaign


Funding for the $73 million project comes from the City of Seattle, parking mitigation funds from WSDOT, a capital fundraising campaign led by The Market Foundation, PDA equity and debt, new market tax credits, low income housing 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, $6 million of which will help fund the MarketFront project. For the first time in 20 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:


After decades of study, the Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority (PDA) is realizing a decades-long goal to develop the last piece of the Market Historic District. The timing of the $73 million project is driven by the future replacement of the Alaskan Way Viaduct; the project will deliver 300 parking spaces before the Viaduct removal.

The expansion, designed by The Miller Hull Partnership, is the first piece of the greater central waterfront development to move forward. The MarketFront’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 Market and the Pike/Pine St. corridor in downtown.


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. 


For more information on the MarketFront, including architecture, public art installations, new vendors and low-income housing, please see our MarketFront Press Kit


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Press & Media Info

Press Room
MarketFront Press Kit

Pike Place Market Media Contact
Emily Crawford, Director of Communications & Marketing
Tel: 206.774.5278


SeattleMet Insert, July 2016

Featuring information on Jarr & Co., Old Stove Brewing, indi chocolate, Honest Biscuits, public art and low-income housing. View PDF

Pike Place MarketFront in the News

Seattle Times
Pike Place Market: Seattle OKs $34M for more stalls, parking
March 23, 2015 

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.
March 16, 2015

Pike Place expansion plan passes key milestone
March 16, 2015

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