Union Pier cruise ship terminal plan updated

Cruise terminal site plan

The South Carolina Ports Authority this afternoon held the second of three public forums on the design of a new cruise ship terminal at Union Pier, on the east side of the Charleston peninsula.

The revised plans presented for review today call for extending Society Street east through the property, to the waterfront, to where a passenger entrance would be, on the south side of the new terminal building. The building, currently a warehouse, is at the north end of Union Pier, immediately south of Laurens Street.

The current cruise ship passenger terminal is located at the south end of the property, below Market Street.

The plan for a modern terminal facility calls for extending Concord Street through the port property as a public street, and building a park around the remains of the Bennett’s Rice Mill facade. Roughly 5,000 feet of chain-link, barbed-wire fencing surrounding the terminal would be replaced with landscaping.

Read more in Thursday’s editions of The Post and Courier.