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Detroit — A former bank on Fort Street downtown has been bought by Dan Gilbert’s Bedrock Real Estate Services and there is talk he is driven to turn it into a car museum.

The empty State Savings Bank at 151 W. Fort was bought from a Toronto firm whose managing partner said Gilbert aims to convert the 114-year-old building into some type of car-themed tourist attraction.

“We are happy that we decided to save the State Savings Bank by choosing the Detroit car museum for its new home,” wrote Steve Apostolopoulos, managing partner of Triple Properties, in a Twitter message.

Gilbert has talked previously of a car museum. In a May speech, he said he wanted to hire an executive from Universal Studios or Disney to come up with a plan.

Bedrock officials confirmed they have purchased the historic building, but declined to say what plans for it are.

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