ORLANDO, Fla. (WESH) – Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer has deferred a vote on purchasing the Pulse nightclub until early next month.
City leaders were scheduled to vote on the plan Monday, but the mayor said he wants more input on the direction of the plan.
The proposal would have the city take over the site of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history and turn it into a memorial for the 49 people who were killed there.
An appraisal found the nightclub’s value is $1,680,000. Under the proposed deal, the city would pay $2,250,000 for it with money from the city’s land acquisition fund.
If the transaction is approved, it would put the rest many questions about whether the club would reopen.
Pulse owner Barbara Poma said in a statement, “Since the day of this terrible tragedy, my commitment has been that the heart of Pulse nightclub keep beating and now we can all be assured that will happen.”
Poma said she will be involved in the memorial planning process.