TOP: In the 1970s, the community
rallied to save the market.
INSET: Rachel the piggybank is
both mascot and fundraiser for
BOTTOM: The market in 2016,
more popular than ever.
powered New York lawyers would come in and take
advantage of Seattle, but we prevailed in court and
cemented the local ownership,” says appellate attorney Paul J. Lawrence, with Pacifica Law Group.
He was lead litigator, along with Fred Tausend.
Lawrence adds with a laugh, “I remember during the
deliberations one of The Urban Group’s investors say-
ing, ‘We hired the wrong lawyers.’”
Fast-forward to 2009, when Savitt and the PDA
proposed using the parking lot for an expansion that
would preserve the market’s rambunctious, charming,
rough-around-the edges essence. It was a wild but fruit-
ful process: “The market community is filled with people
who are tremendously passionate about its history and
present, and everyone thinks they deserve a say.” Savitt
made it clear that everyone would have a say. The PDA
held more than 200 animated discussions. “You have to
listen and bend,” he says, “and aim for greatness.”
Construction litigator Tom Wolfendale, with K&L
Gates, created contract documents for the renova-
tions. “Expanding while keeping the market open
and viable was pretty tricky,” Wolfendale recalls.
Groundbreaking took place in June 2015.
“It’s much more than a community asset,” Wolfendale says. “It’s a community gem.”
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