WILMETTE — Design-driven real estate development firm Optima, Inc. announced its own construction team broke ground on the six-story, 100-unit Optima Verdana luxury apartment building in downtown Wilmette. The development is the firm’s second new Chicago-area retail and luxury apartment building to break ground in the last year — the 198-unit Optima Lakeview is scheduled for completion in spring 2022. Optima Verdana plans to welcome its first residents in spring 2023.

Located at the corner of Central Avenue and Green Bay Road, Optima Verdana will bring a new level of rental luxury to the North Shore. Featuring one-, two- and three-bedroom residences with an average size of 1,507 square feet, the boutique building will also feature 8,000 square feet of street-level retail.