The change happening on the waterfront includes many projects and partners collaborating to achieve a great waterfront. The Office of the Waterfront works closely with each of these related projects to ensure strong coordination. Check out brief descriptions of the related projects and use the links below to learn more.
Pike Place Market's MarketFront
Pike Place Market is growing for the first time in 40 years with the new “MarketFront,” a waterfront-facing westward expansion of the Market featuring more small businesses, farmers, senior housing, public art, and a new neighborhood center.
The expansion provides views of Elliott Bay from a public plaza, new dining, shopping and entertainment opportunities, additional public parking, and low-income housing for seniors.
MarketFront is the first piece of the new pedestrian connection between downtown and the waterfront. It will connect directly to the Overlook Walk to provide a complete connection to and from the waterfront without crossing any streets.
The project broke ground in June 2015 and completed construction in March 2017. In celebration of this accomplishment, MarketFront hosted a Grand Opening on June 29, 2017.
- Pike Place Market Marketfront website
- PikeUp! website for information on MarketFront history and benefits
- Sellen Construction project website for details on construction impacts and to sign up for construction updates
- Invitation to groundbreaking ceremony on June 24, 2015
Seattle Aquarium Master Planning
In keeping with its mission of Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment, the Aquarium is planning a renovation and expansion that will allow it to advance scientific research, further marine conservation education, and accommodate an increasing number of visitors to the central waterfront.
On June 16, 2015, the Aquarium hosted a public open house to gather public feedback on the Draft Master Plan followed by a second public meeting on July 13 for additional public comments.
In July 2015, the Seattle Aquarium published a Master Plan on their website describing their plan to increase the Aquarium’s marine conservation impact. A link to the Master Plan is below.
- Master Plan on Seattle Aquarium website - July 2015
- Invitation to Master Planning Open House on June 16, 2015
- Aquarium Master Plan Fact Sheet - May 2015 (PDF, 153 KB)
Seattle Multimodal Terminal at Colman Dock Project
Washington State Ferries (WSF) is planning a project to replace the aging and seismically vulnerable components of Colman Dock in Seattle in order to maintain ferry service in the future.
Colman Dock, located on Seattle’s Waterfront, is WSF’s largest ferry terminal and supports transportation across Puget Sound between downtown Seattle and communities in Kitsap County and the Olympic Peninsula.
Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program
The Washington State Department of Transportation and its partners are currently constructing a new SR 99 corridor through Seattle, including a two-mile-long tunnel beneath downtown Seattle and several related projects.