Ashley Cleek

Ashley Cleek is a freelance multimedia journalist.

A Look Inside the Thomas Jefferson Hotel With An Urban Explorer

Some of downtown Birmingham’s iconic vacant buildings are about to see new life as retail and residential space. This summer, construction begins on a $59 million dollar renovation of the Pizitz building. Developers are also planning to revamp the Thomas Jefferson Hotel on Second Ave. North. It’s no small undertaking. The 19-story building has been abandoned for three decades. What’s it like inside an old luxury hotel that’s been empty for over 30 years? WBHM freelancer Ashley Cleek takes a glimpse inside.