The GR neighborhood group will start lending tools


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — People who live in the Midtown neighborhood of Grand Rapids will soon be able to borrow free tools and equipment to maintain their property from the neighborhood association.

The Midtown Neighborhood Association will have things like drills, shovels, pressure washers, lawn mowers and garden tools available at the new Tool lending library.

Anyone over the age of 18 who lives in the Midtown area can borrow the items for up to a week. Although you have to put down a $5 deposit when you borrow something, you’ll get that money back when you return it. You will also need to show photo ID and complete a form.

“The Tool Library will ensure that all neighbors have access to the items they need to transform their homes and yards into beautiful and comfortable spaces, without having to spend a fortune on tools,” said Jacqueline Scherer, Co-Chair of the Midtown Neighborhood Association, said in a statement. “Adding this library will promote equity, sustainability and community in ways we have never offered before.”

The tool lending library will open on March 1 at the neighborhood association office at 1147 E. Fulton Street, next to the Fulton Street Farmer’s Market. The hours will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesdays from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. You can call 616.732.9191 before you go to see if what you need is available.

You can donate tools to the library by calling the neighborhood association or emailing [email protected].

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