Those subdued flashing electric signs at Connecticut Connection, the open-sided arcade atop the Farragut North subway station at Connecticut Avenue and L streets NW, will remain--at least for now.

A panel of the city's Board of Appeals and Review has upheld the right of Miller Connecticut Avenue Associates, owners of the building that stands on Metro-owned land, to maintain the roughly 6-by-6 foot Connecticut Connection sign, and by implication, another nearby electric sign that flashes public service bulletins and advertisements.

The decision followed a protest by an across-the-street neighbor, lawyer Robert H. Neuman, who found the signs obtrusive and unsuitable to Washington, which has a strong law againg signs. The city's Department of Community and Regulatory Affairs sided with him and ordered the larger sig Louis P. Robbins appealed on behalf of the sign's owners.

Ultimately the question rested on whether the sitside or inside a building--stated as a question, does a building need exterior walls? Citing the building codeed it doesn't. Neuman, for his part, said "the decision has to be plainly wrong" and said he hopes city lawyerord on that late yesterday.

Meanwhile, the signs will keep flashing.