Pulse owner plans to reopen nightclub in new location

Image courtesy WESH
Image courtesy WESH

ORLANDO, Fla. (WESH) —The owner of Pulse nightclub says she is committed to reopening the club in a new location.

Pulse owner Barbara Poma said Friday that she plans to rebuild the nightclub in a new location, while working with the community to design a memorial at the current site.

Poma said on Monday that she will not be selling the building to the city of Orlando – a deal that would have cost the city $2.25 million.

The city hoped to convert the property into a permanent memorial, where mourners have gathered ever since the June 12 mass shooting.

Poma issued the following statement Friday afternoon:

“We will soon begin moving forward with a community-driven effort to determine and design a proper memorial that serves as a sanctuary for healing and all that Pulse represented to so many people and families. And while there is no timeline, I am committed to rebuilding Pulse Nightclub in a new location and create another place where members of the LGBTQ community can again have a place where they can be themselves. That’s what Pulse was and shall be again.”

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