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Pulse owner decides not to sell club to city of Orlando

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Posted at 12:02 PM, Dec 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-05 12:04:45-05

The owner of the nightclub where the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history took place says she is no longer interested in selling the property to the city of Orlando.

Pulse nightclub owner Barbara Poma said Monday in a statement that she can't walk away from the property.

Last month, the city of Orlando announced plans to purchase Pulse and eventually convert it into a memorial.

The city had planned to pay $2.25 million for the gay nightclub property.

Poma says in her statement she plans to use the space to create a "sanctuary of hope" and a welcoming area where people can reflect on those affected by the tragedy.

Forty-nine people were killed and dozens more injured after gunman Omar Mateen opened fire inside the nightclub last June.

PHOTOS | Victims killed during massacre inside Pulse nightclub in Orlando