Pike Place MarketFront Opens for Business

Hundreds were on-hand at Pike Place Market on Thursday, June 29 to celebrate the grand opening of the MarketFront, the first major addition to Seattle’s crown jewel landmark in four decades.

Designed by the Miller Hull Partnership, the MarketFront project is the first major expansion to Pike Place Market in more than 40 years. The new, multifaceted addition provides the Market with 30,000-square-feet of open space, complete with a plaza and a viewing deck with stunning views of the Puget Sound. The project also includes ample space for farmers and artisans, as well as 300 new parking spaces.

Though the Market is world renowned for its flying fish, it also provides critically important social services. To that end, the new expansion features 40 low-income housing units for seniors and a neighborhood center to serve the community.

Sellen sat down with Ben Franz-Knight, the executive director of the Pike Place Development Authority and one of the driving forces behind this amazing new project. Read more about the history of the project and what it means to Pike Place Market in Craft.

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Key Features:

  • 30,000 square feet of open public space.
  • 47 new rooftop day stalls for farmers and artists.
  • 12,000 square feet of commercial and retail space
  • 40 new units of low-income senior housing.
  • 300 covered parking spaces.
  • 33 bicycle spaces.