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Pike Place Market grows for first time in 40 years

SEATTLE — The Pike Place Market’s new MarketFront, a  30,000-square-foot public terrace and plaza, had its grand opening June 29.

MarketFront opens panoramic views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains; creates space for 47 new stall tables for farmers, crafters and artists; 12,000 square feet of new commercial and retail space for artisans; and 40 low-income housing units for seniors.

The site’s location on the western edge of the market provides future access to the central waterfront development and creates a link from the west to the market and downtown Seattle.

The site is within the nine-acre Market Historic District and was part of the Friends of the Market’s original plan for Pike Place Market. The MarketFront will complete the district, created in 1971, and will connect to the main arcade via the Desimone Bridge.