December 16, 2019  |  South Florida Business Journal

Lucky Shepherd, a new hospitality brand with a focus on sustainability, plans to build a hotel in Wynwood.

Co-founders Christine Menedis and Naveen Trehan said they plan to build the Shepherd Eco Wynwood with 150 rooms, 48 apartments, residential amenity deck with a treehouse, spa and wellness center, art gallery, rooftop pool and bar, and a street-level “speakeasy” restaurant with farm-to-table food. The retail/restaurant space will take up about 13,000 square feet. There would be a garden-lined paseo between Northwest 26th Street and Northwest 27th Street.

Menedis said the project would be at 60 N.E. 27th St. The developer plans to acquire the 1.13 acres there from Art by God, a retailer of rocks, minerals, fossils and animal-related products. Menedis said her company has the property under contract and expects to close in the second quarter of 2020.

“This project is special for us in many ways,” Menedis said. “In addition to launching a new brand that we’re passionate about, Miami is our home. It’s a city on the ascent, where the energy is palpable and the people are inspiring. We’re thrilled to be a part of building this community.”

Lucky Shepherd is partnering with Hoar Program Management for the development. It tapped Touzet Studio as the architect and Gensler as the interior designer. Sundaram Tagore will curate art for the project. Cadence is the landscape designer.

The building will be designed to reduce water usage and plastic waste, and grow food on its rooftop through hydroponic farming.

The developer plans to complete the project in late 2022.

“Clearly, we’ve tapped into a desire for alternative investments that align with people’s values,” Trehan said. “We realized that the very people we were designing this hospitality brand for were searching for ways to bring this core sustainability ethos into their portfolios. Each investor is an ambassador for our shared vision.

Frankly, I can’t think of a better way to build brand loyalty and do a little good in the process.”

Brian Bandell
Senior Reporter  |  South Florida Business Journal