An 81-year-old beach cottage temporarily placed on the former Santa Fe Railroad right of way will be moved to Polliwog Park, the Manhattan Beach City Council decided last week in a 4-1 vote.
But the drawn-out debate over the cottage may not be over. The city leases the park from the Manhattan Beach City School District and city officials are not sure whether they need the district's permission to place the cottage there. The lease expires in nine years.
The cottage has been a topic of controversy before the City Council. Residents who believe the house has historical value argued for its preservation. Other members of the community said the cottage is unattractive and not worth saving.
Donated to City
The cottage was donated to the city but $11,500 was spent to move it from 205 15th St., the site of a planned apartment complex. It will cost the city an additional $5,100 to move the house to Polliwog Park, at Redondo Avenue and Manhattan Beach Boulevard.