No Bathrooms at 9/11 Memorial

Monday, May 23, 2011  |  Updated 6:41 AM EDT
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The National September 11th Memorial and Museum can expect millions of visitors after it opens later this year, but it won't have any restrooms on site to accommodate them.

According to the New York Post, the "planning oversight" is starting to raise concerns ahead of the memorial's official opening. The underground museum will have toilets, but that won't open until fall 2012. Until then, the closest bathrooms will be at the Century21 department store, across the 16-acre plaza on Cortlandt Street.

A City Hall official said visitors will be advised that there will be no bathrooms on site at the memorial.

Memorial officials told the Post that because visitors during the first few months will have to sign up in advance for a "timed ticket" for a pre-scheduled appointment to the plaza, it should give them plenty of time to prepare.

"It was absolutely critical that we open the 9/11 memorial for the 10-year anniversary, and that commitment is being met," said memorial foundation board member Julie Menin. "Bathroom facilities will be provided in the museum when it opens a year later. We hope that tourists will not just visit the memorial but will go to many stores, restaurants, museums and other sites downtown."

RELATED: 9/11 Memorial Takes Shape, 6 Months Until Anniversary

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