board of the Port of San Diego approved design for its new Broadway
Pier Cruise Ship Terminal, at a cost that will
exceed the $12.75 million loan the port received from Carnival
Corp. to fund the project.
The approved terminal
design is estimated to cost $23.6 million, for a design that would
include the use of glass panels on the structure and incorporated
public art, the port said.
"The public made it
clear that it did not want a pre-engineered building on the pier,"
the port said in a release. "They also expressed a need for a
combined mixed-use area. Other requests included minimizing fences
and gates, while maximizing public access."
The port said it is
discussing financing options with both the City of San Diego and
the Centre City Development Corp. to figure out how to pay for the
$10.9 million shortfall.
The port said that
its cruise business had increased steadily over the years, to an
average of 200 cruise vessels arriving at San Diego each year, and
bringing about $2 million in economic impact with each
"To keep pace with
the growth, it is imperative that the Port improve its cruise
facilities," the release said.
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