Staunton city officials got their first look at the renovations to the historic Stonewall Jackson Hotel Thursday afternoon.
They visited the site prior to Thursday's regular city council meeting. The brief tour lasted roughly half an hour.
More than a dozen guests got a look at the cleanup on the first floor of the hotel, and a peek at the new conference center being built next door.
But that was enough to start rekindling some fond memories.
"Being born and raised here in Staunton, and having seen this at its highest occupancy, it was very interesting today to see the work that's being done in there," said council member Dick Robinson.
"Tto see how many things we are going to be able to preserve that was in there when I was a young boy."
The city held a ceremonial groundbreaking for the project on March 31, a day after entering into a legal agreement with the project's developers.
The 124-room hotel and 11,000-square-foot conference center are a public/private partnership between the city, the Staunton Industrial Development Authority, the Persinger family, developers Amada/Hoffler, and operators Crestline Hotels and Resorts.
Work began on the project in late April, with asbestos removal. The project is on pace to be completed sometime in the fall of 2005.