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An Italian restaurant may join the businesses planned for the Oakmont Green Retail Center on Route 30 in Hampstead.

Jeff Zigler, of Carroll Land Services, presented a draft site plan for the proposed restaurant to the Hampstead Planning and Zoning Commission last night.

It calls for a 230-seat restaurant and 96 parking spaces on a 1.25-acre site on the east side of Route 30.

If approved, the restaurant would sit immediately south of the existing Subway restaurant.

For access to Route 30, the proposed Italian restaurant would use the access already approved for the Oakmont Green Retail Center now under construction, Mr. Zigler said.

The draft plan lists Genova's as the developer of the proposed restaurant.

Genova's is an Italian carry-out restaurant in North Carroll Plaza, across the street from the Oakmont Green Retail Center.

The owners of North Carroll Plaza, H.M. Mall Associates Limited Partnership, have mounted a legal effort against the construction of the Oakmont Green Retail Center.

Frank Marciano, a developer of the new Genova's who attended last night's meeting, had been among those who joined the legal fight against the shopping center.

James E. Matthews, owner of the land where the new restaurant would be, said the existing Genova's will remain in North Carroll Plaza as a carryout.

"The original stays," Mr. Marciano said. "It ain't going nowhere!"

Arthur Moler, chairman of the Hampstead Planning and Zoning Commission, said the panel had a few concerns with the draft plan.

He said the developers would have to add a note to the plan specifying a delivery area behind the building. Also, he said, a few parking spaces may have to be moved to improve access to the building.

Mr. Zigler said these changes could be made easily.

Mr. Moler also said the commission would like to see more details about the restaurant's signs.

On another subject last night, the Planning and Zoning Commission decided not to act to require permanent lot marker pins to delineate the boundaries of each lot in Hampstead.

"The pins can be moved," said Scott Fischer, liaison between the county and the town.

Planning and Zoning Commission member Oden Kemp said, "With the ordinance that we have . . . there's no way that you can enforce" a requirement for lot marker pins.

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