Over the past few years, plans have been set in motion to try and create an underground World Trade Center Memorial Museum. The museum was supposed to be created to commemorate all of the victims of the 9/11 attacks and was scheduled to open on September 11th, 2012, the 11th anniversary of the attacks. The museum would also be opening one year after the revealing of a September 11th memorial at the site of the buildings that in its first few months of opening, drew well over 1 million visitors. The museum is intended to add to the memorial and will hopefully draw in even more visitors to help keep the memory of the victims of this disaster alive. However, despite the planning and the projected success of this underground museum, the second phase of this 9/11 memorial is facing some setbacks.
According to New York Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, due to a financial dispute there have been delays with the progress of the underground museum. Although it was scheduled to open in 2012, there is no longer any possibility of the museum being able to open on its scheduled day. The dispute is reportedly between the National September 11 Memorial and Museum foundation and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Both parties are failing to come to an agreement over who is responsible for the millions of dollars in infrastructure costs that are required to complete the museum. The dispute has been ongoing, and it began to slowdown the work on the museum in the fall of 2011. However, by the end of 2011, reports state that work on the museum has completely stopped and will not resume until the dispute is figured out.
New York city officials state that they want progress to continue on the museum, especially after seeing the impact that the memorial has already had. Not only has the memorial offered a more formal recognition of the men and women who lost their lives in the World Trade Center, but it has also served as a huge attraction for the city. Not only is the site drawing in over 10,000 visitors a day, but it is also drawing in people from all 50 states and from over 120 countries around the world, putting it on pace to be the most popular tourist attraction in New York.
If the museum project can get back on track soon, and construction can be completed on the project, the opening date will most likely be pushed back an entire year, so it can still have its projected September 11th opening. However, there have been reports that the Port Authority is close to suing the foundation, over the matter which could draw out the project even longer, meaning it could be years before the world sees this well deserved museum that commemorates all who lost their lives in the disaster on September 11, 2001.