The City of Orlando Purchased the Pulse Nightclub to Create a Memorial

The city bought the space for $2.25 million and is open to hearing ideas from the local community as how to best commemorate the victims of the worst mass shooting in US history.
November 8, 2016, 8:50pm
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In the months following the horrific terror attack at Orlando's Pulse nightclub last June, the building became a makeshift memorial, drawing hundreds of visitors wanting to pay their respects to the 49 people who were killed inside. Now, the city has reached a deal with its owners to purchase the abandoned building and turn the space into an official monument, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

After negotiating with the club's owners, Rosario and Barbara Poma, city officials agreed to buy the 4,500-square-foot building for $2.25 million. Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer told the Sentinel that the city is open to hearing any ideas the local community might have for a memorial and may even keep part of the building intact.

"We're looking around the country for some people that have done something like this before," Dyer said. "There are some folks with expertise related to this."

The wall currently surrounding the club has been wrapped with murals from local artists, and has been visited by the Clintons, as well as the prime minister of Luxembourg. According to Dyer, the next step for the space is to "create something to honor the memory of the victims that are deceased [and] those that were injured, and a testament to the resilience of our community."

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