On March 25 both McDonald’s and the Big Apple store on Belmont Avenue had been demolished, and construction crews at both sites were hard at work.

This is the view facing east from the northbound exit ramp of Route 1 — taken with the assistance of Fire Chief James Richards and the Belfast Fire Department, who provided the ladder truck that allowed us to get this aerial view.

McDonald’s is in the foreground. Earth-moving equipment on the former site of the Big Apple store, on which a Walgreens will soon be built, is visible beyond the blue roof of the strip mall that contains Movie Gallery.