When Millie May, 8, asked her parents for a horse, she was told that it might be difficult to keep one in the inner eastern suburbs of Melbourne.
But she got the next best thing,
When the Malvern East girl spotted the big red horse atop former shop Horse Torque and Lollies on Dandenong Rd near Malvern railway station, she had an idea..
Millie wrote to property developer Mark Stevens at Kokoda, which is building luxury apartment Malvern Collective on the site.
In her letter, Millie wrote that she loved horses very much but her parents wouldn’t let her have a real pony because there wasn’t enough room.
“So I was wondering if I can have your fake pony on the top of your building,” she wrote
“I think my mum would let me keep it because it would not need much care.”
Kokoda acquired the horse by default when they bought the land and after the turbulent weather and winds, it hung precariously on the roof with Millie’s letter arriving at the right time.
The horse was brought down from the roof and repainted the colour that Millie wanted – Brown and one of our awesome aspire bows was added for the adoption ceremony.
Now that the horse has a forever home, Kakoda Property will continue to push forward with their $234 million dollar redevelopment which will have the feature that residents will be able to order room service to their home from The Angel Tavern downstairs, while the pub itself will get an overhaul at the hands of Techne Architects, which recently rejuvenated the Esplanade hotel in St Kilda.
Kokoda Property managing director Mark Stevens said while the pub’s heritage would be retained, an atrium with a retractable glass roof would shelter 6m-tall trees inside it.
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