The Westerville Planning Commission has delayed a vote on a proposal to tear down the existing Wendy's restaurant at 599 S. State St. and replace it with a new building.

The Westerville Planning Commission delayed a vote last week on a proposal to tear down the existing Wendy's restaurant at 599 S. State St. and replace it with a new building.

Wendy's is looking to construct a red-brick building, with a stone base and copper roofing. An outdoor seating area, pedestrian walkways and a tower that would bring the building's height to 25 feet all would help bring the structure closer to compliance with Westerville's South State Street building standards.

While city staff members applauded the company's effort to modify its building prototypes to fit those standards, concerns over the design expressed by members of the planning commission Feb. 24 led to a delay in the vote on the company's site plans.

City planner Lisa LaMantia said Westerville officials believe the plans need several changes, including a change to traffic patterns, use of fabric instead of metal awnings, different types of outdoor lighting, additional towers on the roof and improvements to the parking lot and landscaping.

"We still feel there are outstanding issues that prevent us from recommending approval at this time," she said.

For more on this story, see the March 4 edition of ThisWeek Westerville.