Optima Plan is the Most Murray Thing To Happen to Wilmette Since Bill

The north shore village that was the home of both definitive Moses, Charlton Heston; and Assistant-to-the-General-Manager, Dwight Schrute, will soon be the home of a new apartment building.

November 2020 rendering of 1210 Central Avenue (Courtesy of Optima)
November 2020 rendering of 1210 Central Avenue (Courtesy of Optima)

Up-lake neighbor, Optima has been given permission to put up 109 new homes over 8,000 square feet of ground floor retail at 1210 Central Avenue.   The residences will be in one-, two-, and three-bedroom configurations.  There will also be a pool on the roof.  Which is better than a pool in a windowless basement, which we can tell you from personal experience is weird and creepy.

Even though this building is diesel-sniffing distance from the Metra station, this is still the suburbs.  So it will also have 173 private parking spaces, plus one score and eight public parking spaces.

November 2020 rendering of 1210 Central Avenue (Courtesy of Optima)
November 2020 rendering of 1210 Central Avenue (Courtesy of Optima)

The new Optima building will replace a low-slung bank building, and be within slingshot distance of both the Post Office, and Village Hall.  

It was designed by David Hovey, who is also Optima’s C.E.O.  Groundbreaking is expected late next year.

November 2020 rendering of 1210 Central Avenue (Courtesy of Optima)
November 2020 rendering of 1210 Central Avenue (Courtesy of Optima)

Location: 1210 Central Avenue, Wilmette

Author: Editor

Editor founded the Chicago Architecture Blog in 2003, after a long career in journalism. He can be reached at chicagoarchitectureinfo@gmail.com.

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