You can’t have a tool library without someplace to keep it in, and good-sized spaces like that aren’t normally very affordable around here. We knew our Cleanscapes grant application wouldn’t stand a chance unless we had a workable location. It’s fair to say we were feeling the pressure.
Susan, who had been scouring the neighborhoods for weeks, noticed an unusual building that appeared to be unused, on the property of the North Seattle Friends Church. She inquired about it, and – long story short – on March 25, 2012, Pastor Lorraine Watson and senior leaders of the Friends Church agreed to rent the building to the NE Seattle Tool Library!
The building is adjacent to the church but has a separate mailing/street address:
2415 NE 80th St, Seattle, WA 98115
The building is in an excellent location just off the intersection of 25th Ave NE and NE 80th St., with convenient parking and street access. The building is approximately 20 feet by 75. The location has ample fluorescent lighting fixtures, electric heaters, and bathrooms for use by volunteers/staff, not the public.
The building was originally a store built in the ’20s. The Church acquired it sometime in ’60s and used it for some time as a childcare/Sunday school room. Recently it has been unused except for storage.
The building will provide adequate space for the Tool Library to grow over time, and eventually accommodate fix-it workshops and similar meetings.