Union Pier Cruise Terminal

Planning Process

Following a series of public meetings in the summer of 2011, the SCSPA and its design team presented the design concepts and renderings for Charleston’s new cruise terminal on July 18, 2011. The presentation that was shown at the public meeting can be found in the Documents area.

The new cruise terminal on the northern end of the Union Pier Property is the catalyst to implanting the Union Pier Concept Plan. Following months of working collaboratively with individuals and groups throughout the community, the Concept Plan for the future of 63 acres at Union Pier Terminal was completed in March 2010 and will be used as a guide going forward.

The Concept Plan, reflecting extensive community input, includes several distinct benefits:

  • Our Passenger Terminal would be relocated farther north at Union Pier, providing a secure, more attractive facility and mitigating the traffic challenges of the terminal’s current location.
  • We would relocate our cargo operations and eliminate freight train operations at Union Pier. That means we would relocate 180-200 cargo ship calls and all trains away from Union Pier and greatly reduce the industrial footprint on the Peninsula.
  • The waterside end of Market Street would be open to public access and use. The community would be able to enjoy Charleston’s historic waterfront, as the restored Market would be connected all the way to the harbor.
  • A natural shoreline would be reclaimed, eliminating much of the Union Pier decking and creating a natural shoreline twice the length of Waterfront Park.
  • There would be opportunities for new non-maritime uses within the Union Pier property. Those uses would be determined over time by the community and the marketplace.

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Broad map of area