ORLANDO, FL (CelebrityAccess) — The city of Orlando, Florida, has announced plans to purchase the Pulse nightclub to turn the site into a memorial for the victims of the deadly mass shooting that occurred there in June.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer told the Orlando Sentinel on Monday that the city has reached an agreement with the venue's owners to purchase the property for $2.25 million.
Dyer noted that the property would likely remain as-is for the next 12-18 months as it has become a common gathering place for mourners. Dyer told the Sentinel that the city will coordinate with community members for advice on plans on how to implement the memorial.
The club, once a popular gathering place for members of Orlando's GLTB community, was the target of a shooting spree that left 49 dead and 53 people injured. The gunman, Omar Mateen, was among the dead, killed by SWAT team members responding to the incident. – Staff Writers