A developer whose new glass-wrapped apartment building in Wilmette is leasing up now plans to build a second on the site next door, replacing a low-rise Tudor building that has been mostly empty since 2017. Optima Verdana, designed by architect David Hovey and built by his development firm, Optima, on Green Bay Road across from Wilmette’s Metra station, is six stories and 100 apartments, priced from $2,950 to almost $12,000 a month. The first residents moved in during July, and Hovey told Crain’s this week that it’s 70% leased.


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