The previous building at 126 Church St., Belfast, which has been torn down. Photo by Fran Gonzalez

BELFAST — The building at 126 Church St. was taken down between late December 2021 and early this year. The wooden structure, built in 1905, housed many businesses, from Embee Cleaners to The Kelley Press. Owners Alex and Kendra Brigham hope to put up a new building to house small retail spaces, offices and apartments.

DM&J Waste Management Inc. was hired to demolish and dispose of the building. Lakeside Concrete Cutting demolished the roof and top two floors by hand. Because of the placement of electrical wires, an excavator could not be used until the upper levels had been removed.

DM&J was able to recycle 75% of the building at its transfer station in Winterport, according to owner Josh Wellman.

An excavator tears through the building at 126 Church St., Belfast, Dec. 27, 2021, during demolition. Photo by Kendra Caruso

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