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Former Jefferson Hotel to undergo renovations

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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Completed in 1929 the former Thomas Jefferson Hotel in downtown Birmingham is going back to its roots. Over a span of more than eight decades, it has been the Cabana Hotel and Leer Tower but soon it will re-open under its original Jefferson name.

"It's fallen on hard times and it was a situation where we really didn't know what to do with it," said Birmingham Mayor William Bell.

But now Mayor Bell said the city, alongside REV Birmingham and an investment group in Georgia, are working together to bring life back to the building and downtown.

"More projects like this will lead to more business growth interest in retail and all that because people will be here to fuel it," said David Flemming with REV Birmingham.

The first level is slated to house commercial, retail and, restaurant space. The second level will serve as an event area and floors three through 20 will be luxury yet affordable apartments.

While the renovation will update the building, the remaining articulate work throughout the building will try to be saved and restored.

Mayor Bell says it's not just the tower that will see work done. Areas around the building will also get some work done.

"The Citizen Federal Bank building that's being converted into residential. That project is underway and we have a number of other similar projects," said Mayor Bell.

Mayor Bell wouldn't go further into detail about the other developments planned but he did say we could see it start to develop in three to four months. Renovations are hoped to begin in April.

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