Meeting tonight to discuss new cruise terminal plans

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The South Carolina Ports Authority is holding a meeting in the auditorium of Sterett Hall Wednesday night to allow people the chance to weigh in on plans for the somewhat controversial, new cruise terminal.

Plans for the $35 million project call for the renovation of an old warehouse at the end of Union Pier. In March, the SPA filed for a permit needed to start construction in an area of the waterfront.

Immediately, 30 requests for a hearing were filed. The chief opponents of the proposed plans are the Coastal Conservation League, the Charleston Historical Society, and two nearby neighborhood associations.

If approved, the new terminal is expected to be completed and ready for use by late 2013.

The meeting tonight starts at 6 p.m. at 1530 7th Street on the old naval base in North Charleston.

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