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North Castle ARB Forbids Yellow Store Signs

ARMONK, N.Y. – Wednesday night's meeting of the North Castle Architectural Review Board began with quick approvals of a housing construction project and a sign change.  But when Michael Levy, owner of Grand Lux Realty on Main Street in Armonk, stepped up to discuss his sign issue, there was opposition from the board.

Levy moved his business of five years to 428 Main St. a year ago and placed two bright yellow signs above the store, but he was ordered by the North Castle Building Department to take them down. He said he removed the signs but was ordered to appear in court and after refusing to plead guilty and pay a small fine, a second court date was set for two weeks from now.

Wednesday night he appealed to the board to have the town allow yellow signs. "The idea of signs is to create variations and establish uniqueness," he said.

But Christopher Tuzzo, an architectural review board member, said all the other signs on the block are black and white and "we're trying to tone it down."

Arthur Elias, another architectural review board member, said, "I want the colors to be consistent." He said the town seeks to establish consistency in all retail areas, with plans to enforce the standards in Armonk Square.

Levy agreed to put up black and white signs but will be allowed to retain yellow door signs.

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