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As the cold month of January grinds on, construction crews on the MarketFront know that every minute of the day counts. Activity has continued at a fast pace as workers have put in six days a week to complete the housing, parking, vendor canopy, public plaza and commercial spaces by early March.

Once the construction is complete, visitors will have the thrill of walking onto the new public plaza directly from the crafts market, enjoying views of the Olympics, Puget Sound and -- if it’s a sunny day (fingers crossed!) -- Mount Rainier.

Other milestones will be reached in late spring, such as the installation of two public art works by artists Clare Dohna and John Fleming. Dohna’s Northwest Microcosm is a three-part mosaic wall along the grand staircase leading up to the plaza. Fleming’s Western Tapestry encompasses 1,670 aluminum strips of varying lengths and color along Western Avenue.

This week, the smell of fresh paint permeates the four floors of the new low-income housing building, where 40 seniors will enjoy a brand new place to live, with views of downtown to the east and Puget Sound to the west. The Neighborhood Center, on the first floor of the housing, will be a place for the Pike Place neighborhood community to gather and access social services available in the Market.

Inside the future commercial spaces, the ceiling soars above while light pours in from the west, giving a good indication of the openness of the spaces. This summer, the aroma of fresh biscuits and hops will fill the area when Honest Biscuits and Old Stove Brewing Co. are in production. All MarketFront vendors, including indi chocolate and Jarr & Co. (a seafood bar and restaurant), are busy working on their plans for their new spaces in the MarketFront.

Plans are underway for a public Grand Opening ceremony and celebration on Thursday, June 29. Save the date and stay tuned for further details!

 

Tower Crane Time-Lapse Video

Posted October 10, 2016

On Saturday, October 8, we bid farewell to the tower crane. Have a look at this 1-minute time-lapse video of the tower crane's disassembly.

Construction continues on the new vendor canopy, restaurants and low-income housing, with an official grand opening coming in summer 2017.

Photo by Won Moc, Sellen Construction

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Beer lovers, rejoice! Another MarketFront milestone has been reached as twin grain silos were installed at Old Stove Brewing Company's future home. We visited the site with Old Stove co-founders Chris Moore and Brian Stan to learn more about the silos' role in the brewing process. Check out the video below.

With the expansion, Pike Place regulars welcome a new craft brewery to the neighborhood. At Old Stove Brewing Company, thirsty patrons will sip pints in a brew house and gastropub designed to make the most of the MarketFront’s open-air feel, with an 80-foot window-wall showcasing an expansive view of Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains visible from Western Avenue. While soaking up the sea breeze and counting sailboats, diners have a front row seat to the milling, mashing, graining, and fermenting process, and of course, the final step, drinking the finished product. Chris Moore and Brian Stan plan to have 20 house-made rotating beers on tap, including the brewery’s flagships, and the pub menu will highlight locally sourced seasonal ingredients. The place may even influence future generations of craft brewers— the brewpub will be open to tykes, as well as their parents. A summer weekend field trip never sounded so good.

Old Stove Brewing Company Co-founders Chris Moore and Brian Stan. Photo by Barbie Hull

We can't wait to celebrate the Pike Place MarketFront's grand opening next summer, but until then you can enjoy a cold one at Old Stove's taproom on First Avenue.

Learn more about the MarketFront and how you can write your name into history at PikeUp.org.

 

MarketFront Progress: Side-by-Side Images

Posted September 12, 2016

As summer ends and fall begins, construction on the MarketFront expansion enters into its final months. Major components of the project are now visible, like the low-income housing building and the retail structure. The steel structure of the new vendor canopy on the plaza is also taking shape. Construction will be completed in January, after which the build-out for the new MarketFront tenant spaces will begin. The Pike Place Market community looks forward to holding a grand opening in summer 2017. 

New to the MarketFront? For the first time in 40 years, Pike Place Market is growing! The Market-centric expansion will reclaim an underutilized surface parking lot that has long been part of the Market Historic District. Before it was a parking lot, the site was home to the Market Municipal building, built in the 1920s. The design for the MarketFront includes 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.

Check out the photos of the site today side-by-side with renderings by the Miller Hull Partnership to get a sense of how the future MarketFront will look! (Click to view larger images.)

The Sellen Construction team has nearly completed exterior glazing, and will continue wrapping the exterior of the residential structure. Installation of "glulams," the large wooden beams that provide the structure for the entire structure/retail space, is roughly 60% complete, and concrete stairs, pathways and planters continue to be poured throughout the site. 

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MarketFront construction continues upward and is now approaching the Desimone Bridge. For more than a year, Market vendors, residents and community members have watched the process unfold as the former surface parking lot transforms into a new marketplace in keeping with the functions outlined in the City of Seattle’s Market charter. With 30,000 square feet of open public space with new views, a weather-proofed canopy with additional vending space for Daystall tenants, space for food production and on-site brewery, low-income housing, and social services—the MarketFront will truly be part of the Market.
Currently, Sellen Construction workers are completing the installation of “glulams,” the large wooden beams that provide the framework for the entire structure/retail space. The beams are an essential part of the overall design, which reflects the heavy timber beams found throughout the Market today.
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Pike Up! with a Bronze Hoofprint

Posted March 3, 2016


PSBJ's Patti Payne announces July 1 deadline to write your name on a bronze hoofprint!

In this week's Puget Sound Business Journal, columnist Patti Payne interviews Pike Place Market Foundation Executive Director Lillian Sherman about the limited opportunity to write a family or business name on a bronze hoofprint to support the new waterfront expansion of the Market.

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