Public restrooms in downtown Tempe?

“For literally decades, there has been a strong call for permanent public restrooms in downtown Tempe. Why can’t citizens and visitors to downtown have basic facilities when nature calls? Other cities can do it. What would you do to get that accomplished?”

Lawn Griffiths


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  1. I don’t want to be contradictory, but there are some permanent public restrooms in the downtown area. There are a few at Tempe Beach Park, and I am aware of a few along Mill Avenue as well. That said, I understand your point, there certainly are not an abundance.

    The issue is the homeless population in the downtown area, as well as the costs of maintaining a public facility. I recall being in the downtown bookstore before it closed and the serious issues they had with homeless people doing drugs and other inappropriate things in their faculties. In fact, they finally closed the bathrooms down and required a key from the front desk because of the issue.

    I am not opposed to the idea, but I would need to first see from staff a list of costs, and hear from the Downtown Tempe Community, to be better understand the costs and benefits of this idea.

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