Board approves conceptual plan for $35 million cruise terminal

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC/AP) - A review board has approved conceptual plans for a $35 million cruise passenger terminal in Charleston.

The city's Board of Architectural Review voted 4-0 on Wednesday approving conceptual plans to renovate an old warehouse on the Cooper River waterfront for use as a new cruise terminal.

According to media reports, although the State Ports Authority is seeking approval from the board, it really wasn't required. The planned terminal is not technically in the city's Historic District where the board must approve renovations.

The expansion of Charleston's cruise industry in recent months has brought opposition. A neighborhood group and preservation and environmental groups have gone to court saying the expansion violates city rules and regulations.

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