Foundation purchases land for Pulse nightclub museum

2006 image showing exterior of Pulse nightclub. Retrieved from online file of Florida Orange County (Fla.) Property Appraiser Rick Singh

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – A foundation has purchased land to build a museum about the 2016 massacre that killed 49 people at a Florida gay nightclub.

The onePulse Foundation said Monday that it has acquired a 1.75 acre (0.7 hectare) parcel about a third of a mile (0.5 kilometer) from the now-closed Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

Foundation officials say funding from Orange County helped cover the cost of the parcel, which they closed on last week for $3.5 million.

According to plans, the parcel will be used to construct a museum and the actual nightclub site will become a memorial.

A group of survivors and family members of those killed in the mass shooting have formed an organization to oppose the building of a private museum to honor the victims.

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