by Mark McDermott
The Manhattan Beach City Council on Tuesday night approved a final design for a new Roundhouse Aquarium and an initial design for the Scout House, two public-private partnerships that each will restore vitality to the city’s most historic remaining infrastructure.
Both are passion projects. The Harrison Greenberg Foundation Roundhouse Aquarium Beautification Project, which will modernize the iconic facility at the end city’s pier while staying true to its original 1917 design, emerged from tragedy. Greenberg was the 19-year-old son of Skechers president Michael Greenberg who passed away suddenly on a trip to Thailand on company business in 2015. The aquarium was one of Harrison Greenberg’s favorite places throughout his short life. As the voiceover to a video played at the outset of Tuesday night’s presentation said, “This is a story about a boy and an aquarium at the end of the pier, about growing up, about beginning and ending and beginning again.”
The city’s unofficial historian, Jan Dennis, appears in the video, tearing up as she describes what the Roundhouse means to her when she has been away from Manhattan Beach and returns. “When I see that pier, I am home,” Dennis said. “And I’ve been here 56 years — not as long as some of our natives, but it’s home to me, and the pier is a symbol of it.”
Many of those who spoke Tuesday night, including Councilman Richard Montgomery when he made…
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