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Owner vows changes at Hampstead pizza shop He agrees to move trash, create parking spaces


A Hampstead pizza shop owner agreed to move a large metal trash container away from a neighbor's bedroom window and make other changes after his amended site plan was questioned by the town's planning and zoning commission last night.

Michael Illiano, owner of J&P; Pizza at Main Street and Ralph Avenue, told the commission that he would have the trash container and fence screening hiding it moved to the rear of the restaurant.

The restaurant recently expanded when it took over space occupied by a convenience store.

Complaints from neighbors surfaced soon after the trash container was placed on the south side of the shop, and a large freezer was placed on the property line behind the building, said Town Manager Neil Ridgely, who also serves as zoning administrator.

"About two-thirds of the residents in Hampstead eat there, so I just didn't think that closing the business down was a viable alternative," Ridgely said.

Parking may also be a major concern, said Dennis Wertz, commission chairman. The site plan called for three more spaces than the minimum allowed by code, but those three spaces were not made available, Wertz said.

Illiano said he would look into adding 10 more parking spaces to satisfy neighbors living on Ralph Avenue who are most inconvenienced by the overflow parking of the restaurant's customers.

Maurice Yingling, whose home in the 4200 block of Ralph Ave. sits behind the restaurant's trash container, said moving it "to where it always was before" would satisfy him. Yingling said it would also solve a more disturbing problem -- sanitation trucks arriving to empty the trash container almost every day at 5 a.m.

"I will talk to them, but I can not guarantee when the trash will be picked up," Illiano said.

John Brown, another Ralph Avenue resident, said the problem with summertime odors from the trash would be resolved if the container was moved. He said parking overflow has made it a hazard to pull out safely onto Ralph Avenue.

The commission voted to table the matter for 30 days, allowing Illiano time to return with a revised amended site plan.

In addition, Ridgely announced the intention of the U.S. Postal Service to move from its cramped Hampstead office location.

The 3,600-square-foot post office at 4005 Houck Ave. no longer meets the needs of the growing community, and postal official John Turbin plans to seek input from the Town Council Dec. 8.

Ridgely said he would push for the post office to remain in a downtown location.

"Keeping it downtown is vital, especially in light of the unknown effects that bypass construction may have on the central business district," Ridgely said.

The commission also received requests for rezoning three Main Street properties to add office space in buildings used as residences. One of the requests is to open an auto specialty shop. No vote will be taken until early next year, said Wertz, but two of the three could be accommodated if a Residential Office zoning category is adopted soon.

Late last night, the commission had not discussed the North Carroll Business Park. John T. Lyburn Jr., director of economic development for Carroll County, requested that the meeting be closed to discuss business prospects.

The commission decided to continue with other matters before addressing Lyburn's request.

Pub Date: 12/01/98

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