Charter

Joe Desimone

Charter

Pike Place Market is a nine-acre historic district created in 1971 by the City of Seattle to protect and preserve the Market and its buildings from future commercial development and to safeguard the Market for generations to come. 

The Market Historic District and most of the buildings are managed by the Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority (PDA), a not-for-profit public corporation chartered by the City of Seattle in 1973 to manage the properties within the district.

The charter states the Preservation and Development Authority will preserve, rehabilitate and restore buildings within the Market, increase the opportunities for the sale of local farm produce and food retailing, support small shops and marginal businesses, and provide residential housing and services, especially for low-income people.