A cruise terminal upgrade isn’t the only new feature locals can expect from the industrial wasteland makeover planned at the Union Pier downtown. The South Carolina State Ports Authority announced last week that it will be expanding the scope of revitalization plans, adding portions of the pier that had first been left for future planning efforts.

The change was brought on largely by comments from the community, SPA CEO and President Jim Newsome said in a release.

“We have been encouraged not only to create the best plan for Charleston’s cruise terminal, but also to think more contextually, considering the entire footprint of our union pier property and other downtown planning initiatives,” Newsome said.

Priorities identified in various public meetings and through the project’s website, unionpierplan.com, have focused on an attractive cruise terminal, more public access to the waterfront, traffic concerns, and whether the project fits with surrounding buildings. A preliminary plan for the eight acres around the cruise terminal was expected to be completed early next month, but will now be delayed to include the added scope. —Greg Hambrick

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