DETROIT-The Detroit City Council plans to refurbish historic Fort Wayne on the Detroit River by establishing a non-profit group that would raise enough private funds to turn the crumbling structure into a military museum.

The "non-profitization" of Fort Wayne, while technically not privatization since it is only one step removed in legal status from outright government planning, is nonetheless a step in the right direction. If approved, the plan is for a group appointed by the city, county and metro parks authority to turn Ft. Wayne, built in the mid-1800s and closed to the public for the past decade, into a museum focusing on Detroit's industrial role in making tanks, planes, bullets and bombs during World War II.