City of Orlando to buy Pulse nightclub, turn it into a memorial

Orlando Pulse nightclub

ORLANDO, Fla. — The City of Orlando has agreed to purchase the Pulse nightclub for $2.25 million and turn it into a memorial.

The nightclub, which is the site of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, killing 49 people and injuring 53, is expected to remain as-is for the next 12 to 18 months but could be transformed sooner rather than later.

“The Pulse nightclub is the site of the most tragic event that has ever occurred in the history of the City of Orlando,” Mayor Buddy Dyer said in a Tweet on Tuesday. “It has great significance, not just for the LGBTQ community and the Hispanic community, but for all of us.”

On Nov. 14, the Orlando City Council will vote to buy the nightclub, according to Click Orlando. The city is expected to take over the building by Dec. 30.

“We want our entire community to be a part of this site. With the city owning the property, we can engage in a public process to determine the future of the Pulse property and building,” Dyer said.