Minneapolis to buy gas station at site of Floyd’s killing
@ap.news FILE - Damarra Atkins pays respect to George Floyd at a mural at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis, April 23, 2021. Minneapolis will buy the boarded-up Speedway gas station at George Floyd Square, the City Council decided unanimously on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022. The area has become a protest site since Floyd, a Black man, was killed there by a white police officer in May 2020, sparking a national reckoning on racial injustice. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

The city of Minneapolis says it will buy the boarded-up Speedway gas station at the intersection where George Floyd was killed in an encounter with police.

The intersection, known as George Floyd Square, has become a protest site since the Black man was killed in May 2020. Floyd’s killing sparked a national reckoning on racial injustice.

The city plans to turn the gas station into a racial justice healing center and a permanent memorial for Floyd. It will cost $200,000 in taxpayer money.

The official acquisition will likely begin in the first few months of 2023, though the city has said the project will be a lengthy community-based process that could take years.