VIDEO UPDATE: McDonald's Totally Gone, New Building Work Next
Here's some pictures of the last pieces standing, and video clips of the sign coming down.
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It didn't take long for those golden arches to come down.
By Friday morning, the Batavia McDonald's was reduced to part of a single northwest wall of the original structure. Excavation of the downtown site began on Wednesday morning and continued through Thursday afternoon.
The city's only McDonald's, located at 125 W. Wilson St., is getting an upgrade. A new building for the restaurant will be constructed in the same spot, along with a double drive-thru.
The building crews will be on a tight 60-day construction schedule. There might be round-the-clock crews, with a shift at 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., another from 4 p.m. to midnight, and finally midnight to 8 a.m., Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke said as he watched the demolition from across the street Wednesday.
The project has caught the attention of many residents. For two days onlookers clamored across the street and on the Harris Bank property next door to witness the teardown through the chain link fence surrounding the site.
Officials said the updated McDonald's restaurant will open in Batavia in November.
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See more pictures of the Batavia McDonald's demolition.