Pike Place MarketFront Expansion Update

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For the first time in 40 years, our beloved Pike Place Market is growing with the “MarketFront,” which should be ready for the public in spring 2017 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.


  • 30,000 square feet of open public space encompassing a public plaza and viewing deck from the Desimone Bridge
  • 47 new rooftop day stalls for farmers and artists; all weather canopy provides year-round use
  • 12,000 square feet of commercial and retail space for artisan purveyors
  • Multiple direct access points to the waterfront
  • 40 new units of low-income, senior housing
  • A new Neighborhood Center with expanded social services
  • 300 covered parking spaces; 33 bicycle spaces
  • Multiple public art installations


Here’s an update—including a time-lapse video and pictures—of the progress at the Alaskan Way Viaduct. The MarketFront continues on schedule with Sellen Construction crews completing the major final concrete deck pour in May. All four levels of the MarketFront underground parking garage are now finished. The garage will provide 300 additional parking spaces and 33 bicycle spaces.

Work continues at or above the height of the Alaskan Way Viaduct. The commercial business level and the new low-income housing building, the Alex Jackson House, is taking shape. The Alex Jackson House will provide 40 units of low-income housing.



9,000 Cubic yards of concrete placed to create the foundation system and parking garage.

2,368 Number of artifacts of “cultural interest” that were found in the MarketFront construction area by the official site archeologist, including an early 20th century doll’s head. The model of the doll was called “Bertha”—no relation to the tunnel boring machine. The artifacts were largely from two populations: a group of early 19thcentury squatters and the crew that built the Burlington Northern train tunnel that runs beneath the site from 1903-1905. The artifacts currently being archived at the Burke Museum.

1,695 Tons of rebar delivered to project site to date. This is for rebar placed in garage decks only.

120 Drilled piers supporting the foundation spanning from 37 to 90 feet below the ground.

$5.4 Million raised by the Market Foundation’s “Pike Up!” capital campaign. The campaign continues—donors can give to the campaign for an opportunity to leave their name on the MarketFront.  www.pikeup.org

1 Year of placement of sensitive monitoring equipment beneath the site to determine any shifting or movement around the Burlington Northern train tunnel. All monitors will be removed in June, one year after they were put into place at the start of construction.

May 26 2016 Looking South


Pike Place Market is Seattle’s original farmers market, founded in 1907, and is one of the oldest continuously operating public markets in the U.S. The market operates within a nine-acre historic district and is a bustling neighborhood of hundreds of vendors, residents and businesses, including farmers, craftspeople, independent shops, buskers, and residents, many of whom are low-income seniors, and five social service agencies. www.pikeplacemarket.org

Photos by Pike Place Market.