Management at Club Q, the site of a deadly mass shooting in November, announced plans to rebuild and reopen the Colorado Springs LGBTQ venue later this year, saying it will feature a permanent tribute to those killed in the attack.

The announcement comes nearly three months after a gunman opened fire on the club on November 19, killing five people and injuring 17. The suspect was detained by club patrons and later arrested and charged with 305 criminal counts. , including first degree murder. , first degree attempted murder, first and second degree assault, and hate crimes.

“20 years ago I fought at a very different time in our country to ensure our community had a safe space to come together and communicate,” said Matthew Haynes, founding owner of Club Q in a statement. “To everyone who has asked me to reopen the club, I assure you that we are working very hard to bring our home back. We look forward to meeting as a community again.»

Investigators work outside Club Q in Colorado Springs, Colorado on November 22, 2022, following a mass shooting.File by Chet Strange/Getty Images

Club Q and the City of Colorado Springs partnered with HB&A, a local women-owned architecture firm for the redevelopment plan. Initial design concepts will be delivered within the next six weeks, according to Monday’s announcement, and will include enhanced security measures, an interior space cleanup and a «permanent standing tribute» to honor the five people killed: Daniel Aston , Raymond Green Vance, Kelly Loving, Ashley Paugh and Derrick Rump.

“Your memories will be forever cherished and honored as we work to make Club Q a forever home for our LGBTQIA+ community,” Club Q’s management team shared in their statement.

In addition to efforts to rebuild the space, which the management team hopes to reopen by the fall, the management team shared that it has hired two of the mass shooting victims as staff and plans to hire at least one more. These new staff members, according to the announcement, «will work in an administrative capacity, assisting management with rebuilding efforts, community relations and more.»

The team also announced that it will begin distributing lost wages from a GoFundMe campaign, which raised just over $55,000, and other «officially sanctioned fundraisers» to former Club Q employees and contractors beginning February 17.