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Pulse Nightclub, Scene of Orlando Massacre, to Become Permanent Memorial

The city of Orlando has arranged to buy the Pulse nightclub for more than $2 million, officials said.

by Jon Schuppe and Andrew Kozak /
A makeshift memorial outside the Pulse nightclub in July.John Raoux / AP

The Orlando nightclub where a gunman massacred dozens in June will be turned into a city-owned memorial, officials said Tuesday.

The Pulse, a popular gay gathering spot, will be purchased by Orlando for $2.25 million, but there aren't specific plans on how long the transformation will take or what the site will ultimately look like. The site, however, will no longer be used as a nightclub.

Related: Orlando Massacre: 911 Logs Tell Story of Horror Inside Pulse Club

The deal also needs to be approved by the City Council and go through a review process.

The entire project could take more than a year, officials added.

Audio of Omar Mateen's 911 calls during Pulse nightclub massacre released


“This location is now a permanent part of Orlando’s history, it’s the site of the most tragic event that has ever occurred in the City of Orlando,” Mayor Buddy Dyer said in a statement. “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.”

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The news was first reported by the Orlando Sentinel.

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Forty-nine people were killed and many more were wounded by Omar Mateen on June 12 during an hours-long early-morning standoff that ended with him being shot to death by police. In a 911 call, Mateen pledged allegiance to ISIS.