Amtrak has chosen a team of largely Baltimore-area developers, architects, contractors and others to handle Baltimore Penn Station’s much-awaited renovation.

Beatty Development Group, Cross Street Partners, Gensler, RK&K and Cho Benn Holback are among the local firms who will be on the master development team called Penn Station Partners, which is in charge of re-doing Penn Station, Amtrak announced yesterday.

They’ll be drawing up plans for a mixed-use reinterpretation of Baltimore’s historic train hub that, when finished, will encompass 1.6 million square feet of space. Key pieces will include a hotel, apartments, retail space and offices, as well as a new concourse stretching over the tracks to W. Lanvale Street.

Baltimore Penn Station is the rail company’s eighth-busiest train hub in the country, but lacks much of the development and activity of other major cities’ train stations. Amtrak is expecting the number of travelers along the Northeast Corridor to double by 2040. The company is in the process of expanding its rail capacity as part of its $151 billion NextGen Vision plan.

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