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The Palace of Auburn Hills held a media preview event on Oct. 1 to showcase the new dining additions to the arena's east entrance concourse, and progress on the updated seating project. The new dining options include Maplewood Barbecue, a rustic barbecue restaurant; Eastside Tacos, which serves street-style tacos; and The Linkery, featuring artisan sausages and rolls.
The new Emagine Theater in Birmingham held a media preview on Sept. 23. The theater, which opens to the public on Oct. 1, is located on the fourth floor of the Palladium building, and features five screens with luxury recliners, concessions, and a full service grill and bar with seating overlooking downtown Birmingham.
The Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program, offering athletic training, academic support, and volunteering opportunities for youth in Detroit, held a grand opening for its new gym on the city’s east side near Vernor and Mount Elliott on Aug. 19. The 27,500-square-foot former bookbinding building now houses two boxing rings, a training facility, computer lab, study rooms, and executive offices.
Detroit-based Quicken Loans held a grand opening event for its 66,000-square-foot technology center in Detroit's Corktown neighborhood on June 30. The center, at 1401 Rosa Parks Blvd., has two 10,000-square-foot server rooms, along with training, office, and support space.
The M-1 Concourse in Pontiac broke ground on June 24 on the first 80 private car garages and the 1.5 mile performance track. Once complete, the mixed-use development will have about 250 private garages, restaurants, an auto-focused shopping village, office space, and exhibition areas for car shows and auctions.
The Michigan State Fair held a media preview event at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi on June 10 to discuss its various plans for expansion. Adding more than 40 acres at its site, new features of the fair include: an equestrian show, more rides, an expanded circus performance, and more interior room for livestock breeds, shows, and exhibits.
The Detroit Zoo opened its Cotton Family Wolf Wilderness, a 2-acre naturalistic habitat that features hills and meadows, native Michigan trees, a stream and pond, and dens on June 8. The habitat is the new home to two gray wolves: a 7-year-old female, Waziyata; and a 5-year-old male, Kaskapahtew.