The plan for a $35 million Charleston cruise ship terminal was approved today by the city’s Board of Architectural Review.

The BAR, which regulates the appearance of buildings, voted 3-0 for final approval shortly before 6 p.m. The board has a three-step review process and had approved the plan at the previous stages.

The cruise terminal planned for Union Pier on Charleston’s eastern waterfront involves renovating an existing warehouse on the site. The building, near Laurens Street, would replace an aging passenger terminal farther south on Union Pier, near the foot of Market Street.

The State Ports Authority would pay for the project.

The plan has attracted opposition from neighborhood, historic and environmental groups who object to different aspects of the growing cruise ship business in Charleston and would like to see the ships removed from the downtown area.

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