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Leno’s Boyhood Home to Be Razed

July 13, 2001

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BOSTON (AP) _ Jay Leno says if he had known a developer planned to tear down his Massachusetts boyhood home, he wouldn’t have sold it.

``I remember when I sold it, the Realtor said, `It’s not really the kind of house people want,′ and I remember I was slightly insulted,″ Leno told The Associated Press Thursday.

The 1950s blue-shuttered gray Cape in Andover, Mass., is scheduled to be torn down in a few weeks to make way for a $2.6 million, five-bedroom house under construction a few feet away, said developer Todd Wacome, owner of Wynwood Associates, which purchased the property about five years ago.

``The house is very quaint but it was smaller than the other houses around here. Jay really spent most of his childhood there,″ Wacome said.

Leno said he realizes that newer, fancier homes have changed the face of the neighborhood.

``Since they built the mansions next to it, my house looks like a trailer parked behind it. It’s like my neighborhood went into the witness protection program,″ he said.

Leno, host of NBC’s ``The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,″ said he still cherishes memories of the place where he grew up.

``We just had a good time in that house, we didn’t lock the doors.″

The Andover Preservation Commission is expected to approve the demolition permit this month, member Ann E. Constantine told the Eagle Tribune of Lawrence.

She said the commission recently photographed the interior and exterior of the house to document what many townspeople believe to be a historic residence. The commission could delay the demolition for up to six months, but is not likely to do so, Constantine said.

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