We are excited to celebrate the opening of the much anticipated MarketFront expansion on Thursday, June 29, 2017 from 1 to 7 p.m. The Seattle community at large is invited to join the festivities, with an afternoon ceremony which includes Mayor Ed Murray, performances by local musicians, bites from MarketFront vendors and activities to help visitors explore the new space.
Additionally, members of the public who have donated to the Pike Up! campaign by the March 1, 2017 deadline will have the opportunity to view their Market Charms or Hoofprints fully installed in the completed project. Volunteers will be available to assist donors in locating their honorariums, and guests who may be interested in donating in the future.
The expansion realizes a long-held vision of Friends of the Market and other supporters, who won historic designation for the nine-acre neighborhood in 1971. The expansion will also return farmers and producers to a site that was developed in the early 1920s for Market farmers and was long part of the public market before it caught fire and was made into a surface parking lot in 1974.
Spurred by the future removal of the Alaskan Way Viaduct, the MarketFront expansion provides the unique opportunity to complete an important chapter in the Market’s past and begin a new one.
The new public space will provide:
- 30,000 square feet of open public space, including a public plaza and viewing deck with expansive views of the Olympic Mountains, Mount Rainier and Puget Sound
- 47 new table spaces for farmers and craftspeople on the MarketFront Plaza beneath an all-weather canopy with rollup doors to welcome the sea breeze
- Four new artisan vendors with production on site: Old Stove Brewing Co., Jarr & Co., Honest Biscuits and indi chocolate in 12,000 square feet of commercial and production space
- 40 low-income senior housing units with seven live/work artist units
- A neighborhood center, offering social service resources and a place for neighbors to gather and connect in the Market community
- Three public art installations: NW Microcosm, Western Tapestry and Billie the Piggybank
- 300 underground parking spaces; 33 bicycle spaces
- Future connection to the central waterfront
For more information on the MarketFront celebration, visit www.MarketFront.org/GrandOpening