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PLANS FOR STORE BY ECKERD DRUGS ARE NEWS TO OWNER OF SITE

Eckerd Drugs is planning a new store on the site of Uncle Sammy's Family Restaurant at Transit Road and William Street in Lancaster, but restaurant owner Samuel Guida says that's news to him.

"I'm not going out of business, I'm not selling," Guida declared Wednesday.

His lawyer, Peter Gilfillan, added: "Let's just say there's no certainty Eckerd is going to build there. We're not at that point yet."

Regardless, a site plan filed by Walnut Capital Partners Inc. of Pittsburgh, Pa., for a 10,908-square-foot Eckerd drugstore at the southeast corner of Transit and William is on Wednesday night's agenda of the Town of Lancaster Planning Board.

The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall.

Town building officials said the parcel before them is occupied by Uncle Sammy's, which Guida said has been at that location on the Lancaster-Cheektowaga border for 20 years.

The site is zoned for commercial use, but the Eckerd project still would need four sign variances from the town Zoning Board of Appeals before it could be approved in its current form, said Lancaster Building Inspector Robert L. Laney.

The code permits one pole sign no more than 25 feet high and measuring no more than 96 square feet, but the Eckerd plan shows two 30-foot pole signs totaling 347 square feet, Laney said.

In addition, the town code permits a total of 240 square feet of exterior wall signs, while wall signs in the Eckerd plan measure 407 square feet, Laney said.

The plan shows 60 parking spaces, six more than the code requires, and two drive-through windows for customer pickups, he said.

The Planning Board's decision on the site plan will come before any consideration of variances by the Zoning Board, officials said.

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