Burke: No Dunkin’ Donuts planned

G ranville may not be running on Dunkin’ anytime soon.

No immediate plans appear to be in the works for the plot of land where the former schoolhouse and Quaker meeting house sits on Quaker.

Developer Tom Burke, who co-owns Burke Cos. with his brother Jerry, purchased the plot in October for $200,000. The brothers own or operate at least 35 Dunkin’ Donut franchises and several Walgreens stores, according to bizjournals.com.

Despite talk of the buildings on the property being demolished soon and a doughnut shop being built in their stead, Burke seems to have purchased the plot as an investment.

“I bought the property because it was there,” he said. When asked what might be built on the plot and when, he is mum.

“I don’t have any specific or firm plans; no decisions have been made,” Burke said, adding that he had never heard of Maplefields, which a number of locals thought might accompany a new Dunkin’ Donuts.

Burke said nothing imminent, as far as demolition or construction, is going to take place.

“Sometimes I sit on stuff for six months, sometimes for 10-15 years,” he said. He also said he isn’t sure what he is going to do with the three buildings that stand on the plot.

He is aware the schoolhouse, which is nearly 200 years old, holds historical value and said anyone who wants to relocate it is welcome.

“If someone wanted to take that and move it, and it was a viable option, then I’d consider it,” Burke said.



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