Major Penn Station redevelopment moves forward

A rendering of the planned Penn Station redevelopment (Courtesy: Amtrak)

BALTIMORE (WBFF) - Amtrak is moving forward with redeveloping the city's historic Penn Station, the eighth busiest station for the train's national network.

The plan proposes "a multi-phased, mixed-use development that could bring as many as 1.6 million square feet of development to the area," including potentially "a hotel in the historic station head house, as well as office and residential space to the north along Lanvale Street connected by an expanded concourse with new retail opportunities," according to a news release sent Thursday.

The plan includes "modernizing and expanding station facilities and amenities to accommodate growth, renovating the station's upper floors and supporting transit-oriented development that integrates the surrounding neighborhood's unique vitality."

Amtrak chose Penn Station Partners - which features Beatty Development Group, Armada Hoffler Properties, Cross Street Partners, Gensler, WSP USA, Network Rail Consulting and Mace Group - to "negotiate a master development deal," according to the news release.

"We are incredibly excited for this opportunity to reimagine one of Baltimore's great transportation hubs," said Michael Beatty, President of Beatty Development Group, in the statement.

Bart Bush, Amtrak Vice President of Real Estate Stations and Facilities, said: "Baltimore Penn Station is the eighth busiest station in our national network and this important step underscores Amtrak's continued efforts to significantly enhance the station experience and amenities for all travelers."

Baltimore's Mayor Catherine Pugh called it "a historic opportunity for Amtrak and Penn Station Partners to bring to life a bold future for Penn Station" and said her administration "looks forward to working with this team to maintain forward momentum."

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