Developer Optima broke ground for its six-story, 100-unit Optima Verdana apartment building at the corner of Central Avenue and Green Bay Road in downtown Wilmette on Chicago’s North Shore. The development is the firm’s second new Chicago-area retail and apartment building to break ground in the last year. Optima plans to complete the 198-unit Optima Lakeview in spring 2022, then welcome Optima Verdana’s first residents in spring 2023. Optima Verdana will mark the Chicagoland debut of the firm’s vertical landscaping system, which will allow all of Verdana’s private resident terraces to stay green year-round, as well as reduce dust and smog levels and decrease ambient noise.


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