NE Seattle Tool Library

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Hours and Location

Tuesday05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Thursday05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Saturday09:00 AM - 3:00 PM
(summer hours)
Sunday02:00 PM - 05:00 PM

10228 Fischer Place NE,

Seattle, WA 98125

(206) 524-6062

We are available during open hours.

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How it all began..

Around 2010, Cleanscapes ran annual competition between its pickup areas to see which neighborhoods could reduce waste output the most. The winning pickup area could submit a project proposal to Cleanscapes for funding. The Ravenna, Roosevelt, Wedgwood and Bryant neighborhoods won the competition, decreasing their waste by 4.7% (400 tons)

This opportunity caught the attention of Susan Gregory, a board member of Seattle REconomy, formally known as Sustainable NE Seattle. Susan had seen the West Seattle Tool Library’s success and hoped to start a tool library in Northeast Seattle as well. The challenge was finding a suitable location with no operating budget.

Receiving a grant would make possible what had seemed impossible.

Susan assembled a team to develop a grant proposal for building a small facility at a neighborhood community center. The proposal was submitted in time for the January 31, 2012 deadline but the location fell through. Knowing that the grant would not be funded if we didn’t have a location, Susan began scouring the neighborhoods. Finally, she noticed an unused building on the property of the North Seattle Friends Church. The church agreed to let Sustainable NE Seattle use the building for the NE Seattle Tool Library rent free.

Cleanscapes funded the refurbishing costs including insulation, ceiling tiles, repairing wallboard, electrical, plumbing, painting and materials for building shelves. Volunteers from the Tool Library and the church provided cleanup, interior painting and shelf construction.

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