Orlando to Buy Pulse Nightclub, Turn It Into Memorial
City pays $2.25M for the massacre site
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 8, 2016 5:20 PM CST
   (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

(Newser) – The city of Orlando, Florida, has announced plans to purchase the Pulse nightclub and eventually convert the site of the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history into a memorial, the AP reports. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer told the Orlando Sentinel on Monday that the city has reached a deal to buy the gay nightclub for $2.25 million. Dyer says the site should probably remain as-is for the next 12 to 18 months, as it has become a gathering place for mourners. He says the city will reach out to the community for advice on how plans for the memorial should proceed. The purchase price is $600,000 more than its appraised value. The June 12 attack left 49 people dead and 53 wounded. Gunman Omar Mateen was killed by SWAT team members.

 

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