More than a year after a gunman killed 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, the club’s owner is in search of a new location in the city. According to the Orlando Sentinel, owner Barbara Poma has been looking in central or urban Orlando after initially discussing re-opening on the site of the massacre, an idea a spokesperson said was quickly abandoned.
Poma created the onePulse Foundation to build a memorial to the lives lost in the mass shooting and to help its victims, with plans to remake the original site a memorial or possibly a museum to mark the site of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
“This project is not about replacing a building or a fun hangout for the gay community,” Jason Felts, CEO of Virgin Produced and board member of onePulse Foundation said at a May announcement about the memorial. “This project is about healing Central Florida, the GLBT community, the Latino community.” Poma told Channel 9 that she was looking for a new location for two reasons: to fulfill a community need and to make sure “hate doesn’t win.”
An upcoming town-hall meeting on Sept. 13 will include a discussion of plans for the memorial, while the foundation will post an online public survey that day asking for input about the future of the Pulse site; click here to participate.
According to the paper, some former Pulse patrons have said they are unable to visit the site because of ongoing feelings of panic and dread, while others would come to a memorial there, but not another club at the same location.