Landmark downtown building torn down for McDonald's
by Glenn Moore
Jul 12, 2013 | 8013 views | 11 11 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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An excavator from Central Valley Demolition of Modesto tears out a section of the front wall of the Monument Auto Parts building at 204 E. 11th St. on Wednesday, July 10. The building is being demolished to make way for a McDonald’s restaurant.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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The appearance of 11th Street is changing again, as the long-standing Monument Auto Parts building was razed on Wednesday, July 10, making way for a new McDonald’s.

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. 
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July 18, 2013
Outdated 'landmark' that hasn't been generating the city any tax revenue, replaced with a known-to-perform franchise. This is a smart move, people that don't like McDonalds....don't eat there. This location in proximity to schools and also thru-commute traffic will most certainly make it a thriving, tax generating business. <THAT is what's good for downtown Tracy....not another vacant "historic" building...
July 16, 2013
really? ANOTHER one????? If they are going to do that then PLEASE make the old Chevy's into an Elephant Bar!!! :)

It will prob. be another McD's with 3 drive thru's... :(
July 16, 2013
It's a free country and McDonald's should be allowed to operate wherever it can prepared for the Bulldogs to bloat up to the size of whales! It'd be interesting to do a study and see just how much fatter they all get. That school will be known the diabetic capital of Tracy! Little Caesars, some Mexican joint and McDonalds. LMBO
July 13, 2013
I am new here and I don’t know much about history of the area.

However if McDonald can not prepare food better then location at Valpico & Tracy Blvd.

Not only that I would permit to open new place but I would close this one that is open.

I ate in McDonald at many places but I never ate more discussed Fries then this place here.

That is all I have to say. Thank you.

July 13, 2013
Oh yea I live right next to that new McDonald's.

All the traffic caused by all the new shops has really ruined the area, though I do like the Raley's.

That McDonald's has got me and many of my neighbors sick. I have heard rumors that teens that work their have a competition to see who can go the longest with out washing their hands.
July 12, 2013
A piece of history torn down for a McDonald's.

Welcome to Tracy.
July 12, 2013
It was an ugly vacant building. Glad to see it replaced with a new functioning business.
July 12, 2013
I agree that it is good to see a vacant and unusable building being replaced but I have to wonder why on Earth we need yet another McDonalds. Don't we have 4 or 5 of the damn things? How many are needed in a town this small?

btw, why do they make the damn thing below where you have to type in the text completely illegible? I just missed 4x in a row. Is this some sort of attempt to discourage folks from commenting?
July 13, 2013
Well for one, building the McDonald's probably got a certain politically connected developer a good paycheck.

For two, it is right next to Tracy high. After all we don't want to fatten our kids up with Little Ceasars and Burritos. We need more junk food to combat childhood obesity and diabetes. Let's open another McDonalds!

Stuff like this does not happen in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and other enlightened, intelligent, communities.
July 16, 2013

Mickeys franchises are paid for by an investor who invests in corporate mickeys. Their headquarters decides. I'm not sure what you are implying?

And lots of people eat at mickeys on the way to and from Monterey, and it does not justify attacking businesses. In SF business people eat hot dogs from a street vendor. You should try it.

Plenty of children are already flocking to the pinwheel dorito truck after school. At least mickeys has a few salads and their kitchens are inspected by a certified state representative and food inspector.

And the new mickeys is also convenient to the downtown. The honest truth is most of the patrons will be adults. The high school already has a cafe.
July 19, 2013
I'm sorry, did you say a piece of history? Well, I guess it's true what they say then - one man's trash is another man's treasure.

Yes, let's keep all our old dilapidated buildings because they were built a long time ago and are 'historic'. Nope, they're just old and ugly eyesores. Anything this city can do to improve the 11th street area is a plus in my book. I heard someone else say we should keep the old Holly Sugar Plant too for some historical reason. Nope, wrong again. Tear that piece of crap down and build something new. Only buildings that have some actual historical significance or are still functional and appealing should stay. Dump the rest.

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