The change happening on the waterfront includes many projects and partners collaborating to achieve a great waterfront. The Office of the Waterfront and Civic Projects 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. 

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Seattle Aquarium Ocean Pavilion

The Seattle Aquarium is attempting to take a first step to advance its conservation mission within and beyond its walls through the creation of the Ocean Pavilion. This project represents a reinvention of the Aquarium experience and will create a defining civic feature within Seattle’s future waterfront park.

The Aquarium envisions that Seattle will be reconnected to the ocean through the Ocean Pavilion – an investment in public and private dollars that will help connect downtown, Pike Place Market and the waterfront as a gathering place for all. Seattle’s relationship to the water started with the Coast Salish people and is at the heart of its values as a city today: of sustainability, innovation and respect for the natural world.

On May 24, 2018, the Seattle Aquarium and Seattle Parks and Recreation issued a Determination of Significance and Scoping Notice in May 2018. The public was provided an opportunity to comment during the public comment period and at a public scoping meeting held on May 24, 2018.

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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.

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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.

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