The city of Baltimore received bids yesterday to build a 550-space parking garage just south of Penn Station but said it would not announce the results until next week, when it receives bidders' plans for including minority contractors in the job.
Harry McCullough, a city consultant working as the project manager, said the growing numbers of MARC train commuters to Washington from Penn Station have overwhelmed the capacity of the one parking lot and one parking garage in the immediate area.
"We can easily support a garage of this size at this location," Mr. McCullough said. The garage, which will be owned by the city, is to be built on low ground between St. Paul and Charles streets, between the station's south side and a realigned Jones Falls Expressway.
Mr. McCullough said motorists approaching from the south on Charles Street will not see a major change in their view of the station.