Construction has begun on the Pike Place Market expansion project, the first addition to the Market in 40 years. Crews broke ground on June 24th with the busy summer season in full swing.

The architecture firm managing the project, Miller Hull, noted the high pedestrian traffic as a complicating factor, along with the Burlington Northern train tunnel running below the site.

The $73 million dollar project is divided into two phases and scheduled for completion in late 2016. The first phase includes the construction of 260 parking stalls, storage space, and a podium for future construction. The second phase will include most of the public benefits, including a 23,400 square foot residential building with almost 8,000 square feet of retail space.

Plans call for 40 units of senior and low-income housing and a community hub of public resources and services, in addition to room for 55 new vendor stalls and 12 “stores with doors.”

There will be an opportunity to build an additional 28,000 square feet of retail space via an existing sky bridge.

Take a look at a series of new design sketches, courtesy of Miller Hull.

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Ben is a Seattle area native, living with his husband downtown since 2013. He started in queer grassroots organizing in 2009 and quickly developed a love for all things political and wonky. When he’s not reading news articles, he can be found excitedly pointing out new buses or prime plots for redevelopment to his uninterested friends who really just want to get to dinner. Serving as the Policy and Legislative Affairs Director, Ben primarily writes about political issues.