A developer wants to knock down a house on Olentangy River Road and replace it with an office building.

A developer wants to knock down a house on Olentangy River Road and replace it with an office building.

Wexford Holdings of Columbus is looking to put up a two-story, 20,000-square-foot office building at 3813 Olentangy River Road, just south of Highland Drive near Upper Arlington.

That will require a rezoning from RRR, or restricted rural residential, to L-C-2, or limited commercial district. The matter will be heard Oct. 9 by the Columbus Development Commission. Its recommendation will be considered by Columbus City Council, which has the final say.

The 3.1-acre parcel is in the midst of residential and commercial uses and abuts the McConnell Heart Health Center. The 3,820-square-foot single-family home, built in 1932, is owned by Warren L. Wheeler, according to information from the Franklin County Auditor's Office. The house has been vacant for about two years, said a neighbor, who asked not to be identified. The house had been up for sale for some time, the neighbor said.

The developer has agreed to several development standards addressing building height, landscaping, screening and lighting controls.

Attorney Donald Plank, who's representing Wexford Holdings, did not return repeated phone calls seeking comment for this story.