Crews from Central Valley Demolition of Modesto used an excavator to tear down the brick walls that most recently housed Monument Auto Parts at 204 E. 11th St.
Two other empty commercial buildings and two abandoned homes with detached garages — located on the same lot — were also demolished.
Fred Henley of KDC Construction, which is building the new McDonald’s, said the company has a 94-day construction schedule and a projected opening date in mid-October.
Henley said the 3,900-square-foot restaurant will have an occupancy of 85 people and a double drive-thru.
The recent changes on 11th street began with the demolition of the Levand building at the northeast corner of 11th Street and Holly Drive in December, when it was declared unsafe for occupancy.
The Levand building sat vacant for nearly two years before the demolition.
The Monument Auto Parts building was constructed in 1930 and saw time as a car dealership, farm equipment dealership and then Tracy Auto Parts before becoming Monument Auto Parts.
The car parts store moved to 30 E. 10th St. in June 2012, and the building was vacant until Wednesday’s demolition.
Jim Decker, city code enforcement and building inspector for the city of Tracy, called the auto parts building “an icon” as he watched the demolition.
He said the building was torn down because of the new McDonald’s and not because there were any structural or safety issues.
“Never has been our goal to level buildings,” Decker said. “We would like to see them repurposed, but sometimes it’s not economically possible.”
Among the 11th Street buildings being repurposed is the Mission Motel at 330 W. 11th St.
The motel had fallen into disrepair — boarded up and often the target of vandalism — but is being remodeled into 10 apartments, according to Decker.
He said work to refurbish the building will help with stopping criminal activity, because copper thefts from vacant buildings along 11th Street is an ongoing problem.
“Once the buildings are inhabited, it decreases the likelihood of vagrants hanging out conducting criminal activity,” Decker said.
Decker said the remodeling had begun, but he did not have a completion date.