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The William R. Plunkett School on Fenn and First streets in Pittsfield was torn down Friday after being vacant for three years. It was last used as a school in 1977.

PITTSFIELD -- The former Plunkett School building at First and Fenn streets is coming down.

The property was purchased in December by Cafua Management Co. of Andover, which plans a new Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant at the site.

Cafua purchased the vacant brick school building on 0.84 acres for $775,000 from Forer Development Co., according to Middle Berkshire District Registry of Deeds records.

Cafua has permits to construct the restaurant at the location, but the firm was denied a special permit for a drive-thru operation. That decision is being appealed in Massachusetts Land Court.

It also owns the Dunkin’ Donuts a block away on First Street.

The 36,000-square-foot school opened in 1909 and closed in 1977. Forer Development, a stationery and greeting card firm, then purchased it from the city.

A manufacturing business was located there during the 1980s, first operated by the owner and later by another company, but that operation closed in 1987. The building had sporadic use until about three years ago.

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