Following on the heels of last week’s announcement that the City of Orlando would be purchasing the former Pulse Nightclub property from its three co-owners to pursue its own public memorial, the OnePulse Foundation has just shared that it will not be moving forward with its museum project as well.
Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings’ office shared a statement on Friday, October 27, that Demings had met with the nonprofit to discuss the future of its proposed propose museum project at 438 W. Kaley Street [GMap].
OnePulse purchased the 1.75-acre parcel for $3.5 million in September 2019, with the hopes of opening a National Pulse Memorial and Museum sometime in 2022. Orange County government had previously agreed to award the foundation $10 million in Tourist Development Taxes in 2018 to help purchase the land and plan the museum, which was expected to cost roughly $15 million to build at the time.
OnePulse Chair, Earl Crittenden, shared the following letter last Friday, stating that the foundation would not be pursuing the project, and asking that their formal funding agreement be terminated and that the deed for the property be signed over to the county.
At the time of this post, only $6.5 million had been awarded to OnePulse for the purchase of the property and to cover design costs for the museum, with the remaining funds still being held in TDT accounts, according to a post by Ryan Lynch for Orlando Business Journal.
Crittenden has also announced that he will be stepping down from his role on the Board of Trustees, effective October 31.