In June, Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market revealed its much-anticipated MarketFront expansion to the public! With some girlfriends in tow, we spent one gorgeous July afternoon exploring the expansion for ourselves to see what it was all about!
The $74 million MarketFront project realizes a long-held vision of Market advocates, who won historic designation for the nine-acre neighborhood in 1971. The expansion will also return farmers and producers to a site that was developed in the early 1920s for Market farmers and was long part of the public market before it caught fire and was made into a surface parking lot in 1974.
The new public space provides:
– 30,000 square feet of open public space, including a public plaza and viewing deck with expansive views of the Olympic Mountains, Mount Rainier and Puget Sound
– 47 new table spaces for farmers and craftspeople on the MarketFront Plaza beneath an all-weather canopy with rollup doors to welcome the sea breeze
– Four new artisan vendors with on-site production: Old Stove Brewing Co., Little Fish, Honest Biscuits and indi chocolate in 12,000 square feet of commercial and production space
– 40 low-income senior housing units with seven live/work artist units
– A neighborhood center, offering social service resources and a place for neighbors to gather and connect with the Market community
– Three public art installations: NW Microcosm, Western Tapestry and Billie the Piggybank
– 300 underground parking spaces; 33 bicycle spaces
Buy local and check out the new expansion!