Obamas to check out progress at WTC site

Associated Press Modified: June 14, 2012 at 3:02 am •  Published: June 14, 2012
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NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama will get a firsthand look at how construction is progressing at the World Trade Center site. He's scheduled to arrive in New York City on Thursday afternoon, along with Michelle Obama.

They are expected to head to One World Trade Center in lower Manhattan, where they will meet elected officials including Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

One World Trade Center, the monolith being built to replace the twin towers destroyed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, is expected to be completed by early 2014. As of Wednesday, steel has been erected up to the 104th floor, and workers have begun installing marble finishing on the ground floor.

The museum that is supposed to be built at the site hasn't seen the same progress.

It was originally scheduled to open on the 10th anniversary of the attacks, but has largely stopped over a financial dispute between the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the site, and the foundation that controls the memorial and museum.