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.