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World Trade Center Site to Get 9/11 Welcome Plaza
This artist rendering provided by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum shows the initial design for a welcome site at the 9/11 Memorial in New York. The concrete street-level plaza, with benches and light landscaping, will be on the southeast corner of the former Deutsch Bank building. The space is designed to keep crowds off of sidewalks and allows memorial staff to verify visitor passes, which will be required to enter the memorial at ground zero. AP Photo/National September 11 Memorial & Museum.
NEW YORK (AP).- The site of a former bank badly damaged from falling World Trade Center debris will be developed into a welcome plaza for visitors to the 9/11 Memorial.

The concrete, street-level plaza will be on the southeast corner of the former Deutsch Bank building.

The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation authorized $800,000 for the project on Thursday.

The president of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, Joe Daniels, says the plaza will help prevent long lines at the entrance. The memorial is due to open on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. The required visitors' passes will be checked there.

The plaza will be used at least several years, until construction at ground zero is completed.

The former bank building was dismantled in February.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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