A 40-Year Vision to Complete the Market Historic District
Seattle’s iconic Pike Place Market operates as one of the oldest public markets in the U.S. (1907) and makes up a vibrant neighborhood in the heart of downtown Seattle. As one of the city’s premier travel destinations, the Market receives more than 10 million local, regional, national and international visitors each year. Filled with hundreds of vendors, residents and businesses, the Market also includes farmers, craftspeople, independent shops and buskers. The Market currently boasts more than 200 unique owner-operated shops and more than 80 restaurants.
For the first time in 40 years, Pike Place Market is growing with a $74 million “MarketFront” project. The MarketFront project realizes a long-held vision of Market advocates, who won historic designation for the 9-acre neighborhood in 1971. The MarketFront will complete the historic district after more than 40 years of study and planning.
Formerly, the Municipal Market building occupied the site of this expansion. In 1947, it caught fire and subsequently was torn down. Multiple feasibility studies and development proposals in the following years failed to be economically viable or follow the historic district zone regulations. 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 expansion reclaims the site for farmers and producers, and will provide 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 and a neighborhood center.
WHO: Pike Place Market
WHERE: Pike Place Market
Pike Place at Pine Street
WHEN: Thursday, June 29, 2017
1 to 7 p.m.
DETAILS: Pike Place Market will celebrate the opening of the much anticipated MarketFront expansion on Thursday, June 29, 2017 from 1 to 7 p.m.
The grand opening will include a ceremony with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, performances by local musicians, bites from MarketFront vendors and activities to help Marketgoers explore the new public space.
Pike Place Market Foundation launched a $9 million capital campaign, Pike Up! which helped fund additional aspects of the MarketFront project. Through the Pie Up! campaign, Market supporters can 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.
The MarketFront expansion will include:
· 30,000 square-feet of open public space with a public plaza and viewing deck
· 12,000 square-feet of local shops and restaurants including Old Stove Brewing Co., Jarr & Co., indi chocolate and Honest Biscuits
· 300 underground parking spaces
· 47 farm and craft tables
· Low-income senior housing units
· Bicycle parking spaces
· Public art installations
· A neighborhood center
For more information, on the MarketFront celebration, visit http://marketfront.org/grandopening
**This is a reprint the original Pike Place Market press release**