Orlando to Buy Pulse Nightclub and Turn it Into Memorial: It's 'Important to Our Entire Community'
Pulse is the site of June's mass shooting that killed 49
On Monday, the Orlando City Council will vote on a motion to purchase the downtown building for $2.25 million, a spokeswoman with the Orlando mayor’s office confirms to PEOPLE, adding that the club is the “site of the most tragic event that’s ever occurred in our city’s history.”
“In the future it will be some type of memorial. But … we’re going to engage the community in the process,” the spokeswoman tells PEOPLE. “We feel that this is a site that’s important to our entire community so there should be a public process to determine what happens at that site.”
Gunman Omar Mateen opened fire on the gay-friendly club on June 12, injuring 53 people along with the 49 killed. The incident was the nation’s deadliest mass shooting.
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The spokeswoman tells PEOPLE that even if the city is able to purchase the property, it will remain just as it is for at least one year.
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“People are still coming to visit and mourn and see the site so probably for the next year it will remain as-is,” she says. “But simultaneously we’ll be engaging in a public process to determine the future of the site.”
The spokeswoman says that the club’s owners, who agreed to sell, will be a part of the process to determine what will happen to the site.
“They know the significance of the site … I think they recognize the community aspect to the site now.”
Mayor Buddy Dyer made similar comments in a statement posted online about the purchase.
“[The club] has great significance not just for the LGBTQ community and the Hispanic community but for all of us that live [in] and love Orlando,” he said.