Walker and her colleagues, developer Dan Mayer and architect Andrew Johnson plan to restore the building, including its intricate stained glass ceiling, and bring it up to code. Once that renovation is complete, Walker’s catering business, O’Neals, will move into the building, and the main floor will convert to an event venue, as well as a restaurant of the same name, serving the “healthy version of southern comfort food,” she said.
Built in 1904, the Carnegie Library was the central library in Greene County until the Xenia branch on Market Street opened in 1978. The library was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2015, following a grassroots effort to save the building from demolition. Greene County owned the library since 1997.