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Detroit — A health care firm will set up a 30,000 square feet office in the building currently known as the Detroit Media Partnership building, home to The Detroit News and Free Press.

Molina Healthcare Inc., based in Long Beach, Calif., announced Wednesday the firm will establish a new office this fall that will house up to 125 employees at 615 W. Lafayette Blvd. The building was recently purchased by Bedrock Real Estate Services.

Molina Healthcare of Michigan began operating in 2000 and is headquartered in Troy. In April, the company announced the pending move of its existing headquarters to a newly acquired building in Troy. At that time, Molina said it would also seek to lease office space in Detroit. Molina completed its move to the newly acquired headquarters facility last month.

Molina will be the first new tenant to move into the 404,000 square foot, six-story office building since Bedrock acquired the property in June 2014. The building is currently home to Detroit’s two daily newspapers that are slated to relocate to the Bedrock-owned Federal Reserve building located at 160 W. Fort St. this fall.

Bedrock has engaged Detroit-based architect firm Albert Kahn Associates to design Molina’s new downtown office space while restoring some of the storied building’s historic details.

laguilar@detroitnews.com

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