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Leo Birov, head of Heritage Luxury Homes, makes plans for a home site in Kenilworth

“Which way Leo Birov goes depends on whether a buyer speaks up for the lower-priced project before the village grants a demolition permit that would make way for the higher-priced plan.

A prolific North Shore homebuilder has two plans for the lakefront Kenilworth home his firm bought this month for $5.85 million: Expand it, add a pool and sell it for almost $9 million, or tear it down and build a larger home priced at almost $13 million.

Which way he goes depends on whether a buyer speaks up for the lower-priced project before the village grants a demolition permit that would make way for the higher-priced plan, said Leo Birov, head of Heritage Luxury Homes, based in Northfield.

The clock started ticking this week, Birov said, when he applied for a demolition permit on the Sheridan Road home his firm bought Aug. 6. Crain’s reported last week that the modernist house was the town’s first home to sell for $5 million or more in nearly four years. It was built in 2009, designed by architecture firm Nagle Hartray (which in 2017 became Sheehan Nagle Hartray).

“I hope the village doesn’t give me a one-year delay on demolition of a house built in 2009,” Birov said, referring to the authority of the town’s Building Review Commission to stall on issuing a demolition permit if a building is found to have architectural or historical significance.”

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