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The owner of Orlando's Pulse nightclub decided not to sell it to the city

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The owner of Pulse nightclub, where 49 people were killed in a mass shooting has abandoned plans to sell the building to the city of Orlando, Florida. 

The city announced in November that it planned to buy the property for $2.25 million and convert it into a memorial to the victims. 

But Monday, the nightclub's owner Barbara Poma said she "just can't walk away" from the club, according to ABC News.

Pulse means so very much to my family and to our community, and I can't just walk away.
Poma told Orlando Weekly

CNN reports that Poma and her partner originally opened the club in 2004 as a tribute to her brother who died of AIDS.  She told CNN the club was meant to be more than "just another gay club." 


Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer released a statement in response, saying he respects Poma's decision and hopes the site will become "a place of hope and healing that honors the victims."

"We believe it is important for the community to have input into a memorial that honors the victims and pays tribute to the resiliency of Orlando," Dyer said in his statement.

Poma hasn't revealed what she plans to do with the site, but said she intends to "create a space for everyone, a sanctuary of hope, and a welcoming area to remember all those affected by the tragedy."

She added that she plans to include the community, the families of the victims and any private or public sector individuals who want to contribute ideas for the space. 

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