YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Work began Tuesday at the old Stambaugh Building as crews turn it into a DoubleTree Hotel.

The City of Youngstown’s Design Review Board gave its approval for the first part of the project.

Crews are now cleaning up the inside of the building and over the next few months, contractors will be replacing the roof and windows. They also plan to repair the exterior Terra Cotta tiles.

“The pieces that are missing or cracked will be replaced… So really, the end result will be a cleaner, brighter version of itself,” said historical preservationist Paul Hagman.

Annissa Neider, architect at ms consultants, said tackling damage is a major part of the project.

“There has been damage, just from water infiltration and things like that, so just getting the building kind of sealed up and watertight and being able to create those renovations inside is going to create a drastic improvement,” Neider said.

Work will start on inside renovations in December. It will be about 18 months before the hotel opens its doors to guests.

When it does open, it will be the first downtown hotel in several decades.