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Orchard Park Walgreens won't have LED sign

The new Walgreens in Orchard Park will not have a sign with an LED display when it opens.

The developer has withdrawn the request for a variance to allow the LED display. Such signs have not been allowed in Orchard Park since February 2009.

The decision to abandon the fight came down to a desire to open the drugstore, said Ralph C. Lorigo, attorney for the developer, Hart Lyman Co. of Syracuse. Hart Lyman developed the site and will lease it to Walgreens.

"What I have been told is the rent would not be paid, unless the store is complete, including the sign," Lorigo said. "In order to resolve the issue of paying rent, they have to have a sign up there."

But the brick monument sign could not be erected without a permit, and the town would not grant a sign permit with the variance request still pending, Lorigo said.

Lorigo said restrictions he was planning to propose on the LED sign would have included keeping it stationary with no special effects such as scrolling or spinning, posting a single message per day and posting community announcements and Amber Alerts.

"Given all of that, I believe we would have had a good chance of being successful," he said.

But Lorigo said the process was taking too long and holding up the $5 million development.

"The developer and Walgreens couldn't wait the amount of time it was taking," he said, and decided to have a sign that will be changed by hand.

He said the manual sign can be changed a number of times per day.