The site of the deadliest mass-shooting in United States history will turn into a memorial.
The city of Orlando will spend $2.25 million on the Pulse Nightclub, Mayor Buddy Dyer told the Orlando Sentinel.
"There are lots of people that are making a visit to the site part of their trip, part of their experience of Orlando, so I think 12 to 18 months of leaving it as-is would be appropriate," he said. The goal is to "create something to honor the memory of the victims that are deceased [and] those that were injured, and a testament to the resilience of our community."
The nightclub is still visited daily by mourners. The nightclub land will likely not be changed for at least another year.
Dyer told OS that the city will reach out and ask the community about how they should construct the memorial.
The site of the nightclub was appraised at $600,000 less than the purchase price.
The shooting took the lives of 49 people and injured 53 others.
Funds are currently being distributed to victims and their families. The Associated Press reported that the victims’ estates will get $350,000 each.
Republican Nominee Donald Trump opened up his campaign office across the street from the gay club in August.
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