The city of Orlando has approved the purchase of the property where the Pulse nightclub once stood for $2 million. The decision comes as part of the city’s plans to create a memorial for the 49 victims who were killed in a mass shooting at the nightclub seven years ago. The attack, carried out by Omar Mateen on June 12, 2016, was one of the deadliest mass shootings in modern U.S. history.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer stated that the city intends to take a collaborative approach, working closely with the families of the victims to develop the memorial. The onePulse Foundation, a nonprofit organization involved in the memorial project, expressed its support for the city’s decision and its willingness to participate in the discussions.
The plans for the memorial have been in progress for several years, but the onePulse Foundation recently scaled back its initial $100 million proposal due to fundraising challenges. Currently, the Pulse nightclub building remains standing, surrounded by a temporary display honoring the victims.
The creation of the memorial aims to commemorate the lives lost in the tragic event and provide a space for remembrance and healing for the community.