Renovation begins on soon-to-be hotel in downtown Youngstown

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The process of transforming the historic Stambaugh Building into a DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Youngstown has started.

A tour of the Stambaugh Building, a 110-year-old anchor of Youngstown’s Central Square, gives you a first-hand look at the wealth Youngstown once held.

On the eleventh floor, demolition crews are getting rid of old carpet and a shower. A door from Stancorp Inc., a business that once occupied the building, was leaning against the wall.

“Different physicians that operated out of here, Youngstown Sheet and Tube, the list goes on and on,” said Dominic Marchionda with NYO Property Group.

There were signs reading Standard Slag, podiatrist T.W. Kunkel and Federal Abstract and Title Company.

Throughout the building, there are old drinking fountains dating back to when it was built, column radiators used for heat and a mail shoot that connects the upper floors with the lobby.

“This will all stay. We’ll clean it up real nice, it’ll stay in place,” Marchionda said.

Behind chipping white paint are mahogany doors. Marchionda says they might be able to save something like that, but it would take a lot of work.

There is marble everywhere. The lower half of the walls is marble, and so are the stairs and floors.

All of the building’s 550 windows will be replaced, but the views of downtown Youngstown will remain.

There will be a rooftop bar at the new hotel, overlooking St. Columba Cathedral and St. Elizabeth Hospital.

“This is where they’re going to want to come to have a cocktail, maybe have a quick bite to eat.”

The open staircase through all 12 floors will remain open.

One floor has already been gutted, open from end to end, almost ready for hotel rooms.

Down in the lobby, remnants of old tenants can be seen, along with a bank vault, detailed ceiling and chandelier. Soon, all of it will be part of a grand hotel downtown.

“I think it’s one of the key components of the revitalization process and the renaissance we’re experiencing.”

The plan is to have the hotel ready for a soft opening in December of 2017, with the first party and grand opening on New Year’s Eve of 2017.

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