Market Insider

Market Insider

Market Insider

News for the Pike Place Market Community

There's always a lot happening at Pike Place Market. The Market community can read about news and upcoming events happening in and around the neighborhood through the Market Insider, a monthly newsletter published by the Pike Place Market PDA. Each month, read the latest edition here or pick up a copy in a residential building.


2018 Budget Planning and Public Meetings

The PDA staff and Council have begun to work on the PDA's 2018 operating and capital budget. If you have questions or would like to discuss your ideas, contact Sabina Proto, PDA Finance Director, at 206.774.5256 or Share your comments and feedback at the following public meetings:

Community Budget Meeting
Date: Monday, September 11 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Location: The Classroom
Details: PDA staff will give an overview of 2018 programs, discuss budget opportunities and challenges, and hear community members' ideas and comments on Market needs that affect the 2018 budget.

Finance and Asset Management Committee Meeting
Date: Tuesday, September 19 from 3 to 6 p.m.
Location: The Classroom
Details: PDA staff will present the 2018 proposed budget to the Finance and Asset Management Committee members. Community members will have an opportunity to make public comments at the meeting.

2018 Proposed Budget Packets 
From Friday, September 22nd, budget packets that outline the proposed 2018 budget and programs will be available from the PDA office.

Special Finance and Asset Management Committee Meeting for Public Comment
Date: Wednesday, September 27 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Location: Elliott Bay Room
Details: This meeting is attended by PDA Council members and PDA staff exclusively to hear community members' thoughts and comments on the proposed 2018 budget.

Finance and Asset Management Committee – Approval of Budget
Date: Tuesday, October 17 from 4 to 6 p.m.
Location: The Classroom
Details: Finance and Asset Management Committee members will hear any additional public comment and will discuss and approve the final budget for PDA Council approval.

PDA Council Meeting – Final Approval of 2018 Budget
Date: Thursday, October 26 at 4 p.m. 
Location: The Classroom
Details: The PDA Council will review and approve the 2018 budget. Community members will have an opportunity to make public comment at the meeting. 


Green Star Awards 2017

The RE-Team, the PDA's sustainability committee charged with promoting the values of reduce, reuse and recycle, recognized two Market business leaders with the inaugural Green Star Awards on July 20, 2017. Read more about the award and this year's winners on our blog.


Valet Parking on Pike Place for Vendors and Merchants Starting Early September 

We have been working on additional parking mitigation solutions and commute assistance options. These options were significantly informed by outstanding advocacy undertaken by the Market Constituency through a series of productive meetings, as well as requests for commute assistance received from individual community members.

The response to the Orca Business Passport program has been tremendous. Many of you have shared how this program, while adding some inconvenience and change of routine, has created significant savings in your daily commute–in some cases, hundreds of dollars a month.  However, both the Constituency and conversations we had with individual community members made it clear that enhanced transit access alone was not going to be sufficient to address everyone’s individual business needs.

As such, we are delighted to share a new program offering valet service on Pike Place for vendors and merchants at $15 a day. We have been working with Republic Parking and Luxe, a local valet service company, to make this possible and start offering the service the first week in Sept.

Read details here about the program including costs, monthly pass options, and pick-up and drop-off locations. 

If you have further questions, please contact your Commercial Property Manager or the Market Master.


Low-Cost Annual Orca Pass for Market Employees 

Effective August 1, 2017, the PDA will end the ORCA Business Passport Card program we’ve offered to Market community members. We understand the popularity of this program, but in light of budget realities, the PDA is not in a position to continue ongoing subsidies.

We invite Market business owners to contact Commute Seattle at 206.613.3242 for public transportation solutions. Individuals can visit or call 888.988.6722 for ORCA Card pricing. The ORCA Lift program offers income qualified riders reduced fares in King County (visit or call 206.553.3000 for more information).  We have returned Early Bird pricing to The Market Parking Garages for $15 every day for those who enter by 9 a.m. and leave before 9 p.m.

For more information and to sign up for the ORCA Pass, contact: Art Kuniyuki at the PDA, 206.774.5226.