Pike Place MarketFront: A 40-Year Vision to Complete the Market Historic District
PROJECT COMPLETION MARCH 2017. GRAND OPENING DATE: JUNE 29, 2017
Save the date! Celebrate the MarketFront Grand Opening on Thursday, June 29, 2017. The Market will celebrate the completion of the Market Historic District with performances by local musicians, bites from MarketFront vendors and activities to help Market-goers explore the expansion, as well as the entire Market historic district.
For the first time in 40 years, Pike Place Market is growing with the “MarketFront.” A site built for Market producers in the early 20th century, the expansion reclaims the site for farmers and producers, and will provide 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.
The $74 million MarketFront project realizes a long-held vision of Market advocates, who won historic designation for the 9-acre neighborhood in 1971. The MarketFront will complete the historic district after more than 40 years of study and planning. Its design and use were created in accordance of Market historic district guidelines and the Pike Place Market charter.
30,000 square feet of open public space encompassing a public plaza and viewing deck
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
40 new units of low-income, senior housing including seven live/work units
A Neighborhood Center with expanded social services
300 covered parking spaces; 33 bicycle spaces
Multiple public art installations
MEET THE PRODUCER – New MarketFront businesses showcase on-site production
Old Stove Brewing Co.
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. Co-founders Chris Moore and Brian Stan will have 20 house-made rotating beers on tap, including the brewery’s flagships, and the pub menu will highlight locally sourced seasonal ingredients.
Jarr & Co.
The new venture of restaurateur Bryan Jarr and award-winning chef Zoi Antonitsas will bring house-cured, salted, smoked and canned fish and seafood to a menu celebrating traditional Basque, Jewish, Native American, Scandinavian and Japanese dishes. Jarr & Co.’s on-site canning, curing, salting and smoking will be visible to the patrons in the bar and dining room—a windowed curing room will compete for attention with a 13-foot window view of Elliott Bay.
Founder and Head Baker Art Stone learned biscuit making at his grandmother’s knee in rural North Carolina. In his new spot, he’ll serve up fried chicken alongside southern-style biscuits with Seattle twists, like the “MacGregor,” made with bacon from the Market’s own Bavarian Meats.
Chocoholics will find paradise at Erin Andrew’s expanded chocolate factory where she’ll serve up house-made elixirs, desserts such as s’mores, sweet rolls and Belgian waffles drizzled in chocolate sauce, and bars infused with local berries, hazelnuts and dried fruits.
More Farmers and Craftspeople
Visitors and vendors alike will dig the all-weather canopy with 47 table spaces on the new MarketFront plaza with views of Puget Sound. Rollup doors keep out stormy weather, allowing year-round shopping for locally made crafts and specialty farm products.
LOW INCOME SENIOR HOUSING
Western Avenue Senior Housing
Housing for low-income seniors has been identified as one of the most significant emerging needs in downtown Seattle and in the Market neighborhood. To meet this need, the Western Avenue Senior Housing, which will be located in the southern portion of the MarketFront, will feature 40 HUD studio apartments. Thirty three units are intended for low-income seniors, with seven units designed to accommodate live-work space for low-income senior artists.
Planning for this multi-service center is currently underway. The center will be located in the southeast corner of the Western Avenue Senior Housing. In 2014, The Pike Place Market Foundation conducted a community-wide needs assessment and identified mental health treatment, health education, homeless services, legal assistance, and access to healthy food as the top needs. Over the next two years the Foundation is piloting programs to prepare for the 2017 opening of the new Neighborhood Center.
The expansion provides the opportunity for three public art installations from local and regional artists to create a colorful canvas and contemporary feel to the MarketFront. Each new work is designed to reflect Pike Place Market’s unique history and cultural legacy.
Pike Up! is a $9 million capital campaign launched by The Market Foundation, $6 million of which will help fund the MarketFront project. For the first time in 20 years, Market supporters have the opportunity to engrave a name or message into Pike Place Market history through Market Charms, which will hang on the new MarketFront as an art installation; or bronze Piggybank Hoofprints leading to the MarketFront Plaza. Last Chance to donate to have Charm or Hoofprint on the MarketFront Plaza is March 1, 2017. Learn more: PikeUp.org