City and state officials received encouraging news when bids were opened yesterday for the 550-car garage planned for Pennsylvania Station: They just may be able to pay for it.
At least one of eight companies that bid for construction of the garage next to the train station came in below the city's $9.5 million estimate, officials said. Others came in near that mark, they said.
The garage originally was planned in the early 1980s to serve train passengers and help spur redevelopment along Charles and St. Paul streets south of North Avenue.
Over the past year, the Schmoke administration has obtained a combination of federal, state and city grants for the project.
The garage is to be built below street level in the area bounded by Charles and St. Paul streets, the Jones Falls Expressway and the south wall of the station.
Project manager Harry McCullough said he hopes a contractor could begin construction in June. Work should take 18 months to complete.
Mr. McCullough said city Transportation Department officials will review the bids over the next several weeks for compliance with minority hiring regulations and other details.