Ex-Walker library has high bidder

Jim Johannson, a commercial land investor, placed the high bid of $805,000 for the old Walker Library, 2901 Hennepin Ave. Current owners Metropolitan Council put the building up for auction in June.

Johannson, who works for Bloomington-based Welsh Cos., said the building has been under-utilized. If he acquires the property, he said he'll review commercial options, taking into account what the area wants.

Johannson said he was interested in the old library because he lives in the area and has always liked the building. "I certainly intend to maintain the character and integrity of the building," Johannson said.