Optima Lumina

Optima Lumina Overview

Our proposal for Optima Lumina is comprised of up to 135 luxury one, two, and three-bedroom condominium residences* and an additional 6,816 GSF of destination commercial and retail space. Optima Lumina is now designed as a unique standalone building adjacent to Optima Verdana® with vibrant sustainable architecture, high quality construction, and extensive amenities and services. The project will provide high quality housing and commercial space with an active streetscape that will also help to further enhance the vitality of the center of the Village of Wilmette.

The building is designed with a 70′-0″ wide and 45′-0″ deep separation at grade level between Optima Verdana® and Optima Lumina creating a combined open space of approximately 6,211 SF. This open space consists of an approximately 2,497 SF open plaza with public art and landscaping, with the remainder dedicated to private outdoor dining and landscaping for high-end destination retail and commercial along Green Bay Road. Additionally there is private outdoor dining and public landscaping at the corner of Green Bay Road and Washington Avenue with the relocation of the existing Starbucks. The atmosphere created by the architecture, landscaping, and open space will ensure pleasant surroundings at the plaza to engage the community. The enhancement of the streetscape and the addition of the plaza have been designed to align with the Village Center Master Plan goals. Above the plaza, 61’-0” wide openings between facing terraces and a 32’-6” opening between the buildings creates additional separation.

Optima Lumina is designed to step back on the upper floors along Washington Avenue, at the entire 6th floor along Green Bay Road, and at the entire 6th floor along the alley. Consistent with Verdana, Lumina will feature the signature Optima Vertical Landscaping System with coniferous planting providing year-round greenery. Strategically located private terraces provide visual interest to the undulating façade on all sides of the building.

Optima Lumina will include 30,000 sf of amenity space located at grade level and on the roof. The roof is designed with a sky deck, glass-enclosed heated pool, spa, cold plunge, year-round sauna, outdoor firepits, barbecues, seating areas, perimeter plantings and sheltering arbors, a residents’ club and party room with chef’s kitchen, games, and bocce court.

Level 1 features a spacious lobby, library lounge, as well as a management office, business center, and conference rooms. A fitness center that looks out over the courtyard will include an indoor pickleball/basketball court, strength and aerobic training equipment, a yoga studio, a Pilates studio, golf simulator and sports lounge. A massage room, kids’ playroom, bike storage and pet spa will round out the amenities at grade level.

The immediate adjacency of the site of Optima Verdana® enables us to efficiently and logically incorporate the design and also infrastructure established in the existing Optima Verdana®. The ability to share physical facilities such as access to the underground garage and a commercial service corridor, among others, creates an efficiency in the development of the project. Further, shared branding and operations by Optima® will deliver the same elevated experience within the Village of Wilmette.

“Optima Lumina is now designed as a unique standalone building adjacent to Optima Verdana®. Optima Lumina is designed to step back on levels four and five at the corner of Green Bay Road and Washington Avenue to create a tapering effect that aesthetically concludes the combined forms with a rhythmic, logical ending. From the street, Lumina will appear to have a continuous roofline at level five with levels six and seven of Lumina set back out of sight. Elsewhere, the recessed balconies from Optima Verdana® are to be echoed in Lumina providing a recurring theme across both buildings that, additionally, give residents fresh air and open space. Cascading plants are a motif from Verdana that will recur in Lumina, softening and animating the two building façades. The open plaza between the two buildings is meant to be a public punctuation point that will provide the public with a sheltered courtyard and enliven the streetscape by drawing customers to the provided retail.”

– David Hovey, Sr. FAIA and David C. Hovey, Jr., AIA

With corporate offices in Glencoe and Scottsdale, Optima® has a long history of developing in Wilmette beginning with 1618 Sheridan Rd. in 1991, Optima Center Wilmette in 1997, and Lake Courts in 1998, and most recently Optima Verdana®.

*Optima Lumina is now intended to be a Condominium Development. Optima® reserves the right to build condominiums or apartments allowing for flexibility depending on market conditions.

About the Approval Process, Schedule, and Neighborhood Outreach

Please see above for the updated anticipated schedule for the Optima Lumina approval process. Optima® is the Developer, Architect, General Contractor, and Property Manager.

Located adjacent to Optima Verdana® on Green Bay Road, this site is specifically identified as a “redevelopment opportunity site1” in the Wilmette Village Center Master Plan.

In response to comments from the residents and the Village of Wilmette during our neighborhood outreach process, we postponed the January 11th presentation to the Appearance Review Commission and have updated our design for Optima Lumina™ to be a unique standalone building. A summary of the changes is outlined on page 4 in the Version 3 – Preliminary Plan Update.

Optima® started the neighborhood outreach process on August 31st by holding an Open House at the Wilmette Public Library. Notices for that Open House were sent to residences in the immediate vicinity of the site. Also, a local news article appeared in The Record North Shore informing people of the Open House, and 49 people attended. At the meeting there were several requests for more neighborhood outreach events Optima® responded with additional open house meetings so that we could continue to create a dialogue with the community, hear concerns firsthand and respond as appropriate. Since August, Optima® held five (5) open houses on the project on the following dates: August 31st, December 12th, December 13th, January 3rd, and January 4th, and will continue to hold additional Open Houses throughout the process.

The schedule for the meetings and hearings of this Application for Planned Unit Development will be determined by the Village of Wilmette.

This formal zoning process began with our Pre-Application Submission and meetings with Village staff and will continue with meetings with Village staff, our voluntary presentation of the project to the Appearance Review Commission, Housing Commission Meeting, and hearings before both the Plan Commission and the Village Board of Trustees. Notices of public hearings will be sent to owners and occupants within 250′-0″ of the site and will be published, all in accordance with the Village’s zoning ordinance, as well as being posted on our project website (learnaboutoptimalumina.com). The Optima Lumina informational website is live and includes a link to this submission and future submissions, timeline, and schedule updates, as well as future neighborhood outreach events.

Anticipated Schedule

  • June – September 2023: Extensive Design Work, Feasibility Research, and Preliminary Coordination with the Village.
  • August 31, 2023: Neighborhood Outreach Open House at the Wilmette Public Library (49 people attended)
  • September 14, 2023: Pre-Application Submission
  • November 20, 2023: Application for Planned Unit Development Including Submission of Preliminary Plan
  • December 12 & 13, 2023: Neighborhood Outreach Open House at the Lawn at Wilmette Golf Club (22 people attended)
  • January 3 & 4, 2023: Neighborhood Outreach Open House at the Lawn at Wilmette Golf Club (20 people attended)
  • January 11, 2024: Appearance Review Commission Hearing (Postponed)
  • April 30, 2024: Appearing Review Commission Hearing
  • May 9, 2024: Housing Commission Meeting
  • June 6, 2024: Plan Commission Hearing(s)
  • TBD: Village Board Hearing(s)

Renderings

Optima Verdana and Optima Lumina Courtyard
Optima Lumina and Optima Verdana from Green Bay Rd.
Optima Lumina and Optima Verdana South on Green Bay Rd.
Optima Lumina
Optima Lumina Residential Entry
Green Bay Rd. Elevation

Project Design Metrics

Residential Homes

  • Lot size: 1.56 acres
  • Reduced the number of residential homes from 150 to up to 135
  • 86.54 Units/Acre

Optima Lumina is now intended to be a Condominium Development. Optima® reserves the right to build condominiums or apartments allowing for flexibility depending on
market conditions.

Building Heights and Roof Stepbacks
Optima Lumina™ has been designed with a series of step backs that occur on all exterior elevations as outlined below for Green Bay Road, the alley, and Washington Avenue with more substantial setbacks than Optima Verdana®. No height element of Optima Lumina™ exceeds that of Optima Verdana®.

Parking
100% residential and public underground parking
Eight (8) sheltered surface level parking spots for Starbucks off Washington Avenue

Open Space
A combined open space of approximately 6,211 SF which consists of an approximately 2,497 SF open plaza with public art and landscaping, with the remainder dedicated to a private outdoor dining and landscaping for high-end destination retail and commercial along Green Bay Road.

Commercial Space

  • Optima Verdana® total: 8,113 GSF
  • Optima Lumina total: 6,816 GSF
  • Total: 14,929 GSF

Glass and Glazing
Reduced the amount of transparency through the glass when viewing from the exterior to be 18% less transparent
Glass has been updated to a brown/gray color

Architectural Blades
Exterior Architectural Blades have been added to the face of the building on floors 2 through 5 to reduce the visibility into the residences and enhance the appearance of the building with additional shading and shadow lines. The architectural blades cover 26% of the window height and also enhance the bird collision deterrence features of the building.

Stormwater Management
The site design addresses stormwater management strategies that will lessen the storm surge volume during rain events on the Village of Wilmette’s storm/sewer water system. Optima Lumina™ proposal, like Optima Verdana® , will be collecting stormwater on-site in a detention tank designed to allow the control of water volume released into the storm/sewer water system. This allows for more effective management of water volumes that are sent down stream, and reduces the impact caused by the Imperial Motors site on the Village’s storm/sewer water system.

 

Latest News and Updates

January 04, 2024

Open House Scheduled at The Lawn Grill on Jan. 4th from 11:30AM-1:00 PM

January 03, 2024

Open House Scheduled at The Lawn Grill on Jan. 3rd from 5:30PM-7:00 PM

December 06, 2023

Open House Scheduled at The Lawn Grill on Dec. 12th from 5:30-7:30 PM

December 06, 2023

Open House Scheduled at The Lawn Grill on Dec. 13th from 11:30AM-1:00 PM

About Optima Inc.

Founded in 1978 by David C. Hovey, FAIA, Optima is a family owned, privately-held, design-driven real estate development firm with offices in Scottsdale, Arizona and Chicago, Illinois.

For more than 40 years, Optima has been developing, designing, building and managing striking urban and suburban luxury residential communities. From the beginning, Optima aimed to reinvent housing by integrating the functions involved in new construction within one company. Optima controls and executes every aspect of the process in-house – development, design, construction, sales and management – for a dynamic system that offers greater focus and fluidity.

Optima is committed to delivering extraordinary living through deign, innovation, sustainability and management. We believe that exceptional design enhances the human experience.

In 2021, Optima was recognized as the Firm of the Year by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Chicago.

Architecture

Our passion for distinguished design and attention to detail build communities with a clear concept, integrated functionality and purposeful aesthetic.

Development

Our passion for distinguished design and attention to detail build communities with a clear concept, integrated functionality and purposeful aesthetic.

General Contracting

We purposely seek out desirable locations in which we can operate and flourish, in unexpected, sustainable, and community-enhancing ways.

Sales Brokerage

Through our holistic integration, we help sales teams anticipate and customize to the wants and needs of our markets and residents.

Asset/Property Management

We stay connected to and invested in our communities, a cornerstone of our vision to provide the highest quality living experiences.

Support

Throughout our process, we keep internal teams, partners and lenders informed and engaged through regular updates, insightful training and open collaboration.

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Recent Project Awards

Optima Sonoran Village

  • 2021 American Architecture Award
  • 2020 Green Good Design Award
  • 2020 Outstanding Property Award London
  • 2019 AIA Chicago Divine Detail Award
  • 2017 International Property Award
  • 2016 AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Honor Award

Optima Camelview Village

  • 2012 AIA Housing Award for Architecture
  • 2012 International Architecture Award
  • 2012 National AIA TAP Award
  • 2011 AIA Chicago Interior Architecture Award
  • 2011 AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Honor Award
  • 2010 AIA Arizona Distinguished Building Honor Award
  • 2009 AIA American Architecture Award

Optima Kierland Center

  • 2021 American Architecture Award
  • 2021 Green Good Design Award
  • 2020 Outstanding Property Award London
  • 2018 AZRE Red Award
  • 2018 AMA Tribute Award
  • 2017 BUILD Architecture Award

Optima Signature

  • 2021 Architizer A+ Awards Finalist
  • 2021 Oustanding Property Award London
  • 2016 BUILD Architecture Award
  • 2016 International Property Award

Optima Old Orchard Woods

  • 2011 AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Honor Award
  • 2011 Project Innovations Honored
  • 2008 Chicago Agent Agents’ Choice Awards

2022

  • Architecture Masterprize Award – Optima Sonoran Village
  • Chicago Athenaeum Honorable Mention – Optima Sonoran Village
  • AIA Chicago Design Excellence Award – Rising Sun
  • 2022 SRP Champions of Sustainability Award – Optima Sonoran Village
  • Chicago Athenaeum Honorable Mention – Optima Kierland Center
  • AIA Chicago Design Excellence Award – Optima Kierland Center
  • ADOSH SHARP Program – 7190 Optima Kierland

2021

  • AIA Chicago Firm of the Year
  • American Architecture Award – Optima Kierland Center
  • American Architecture Award – Optima Sonoran Village
  • AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Award – AZ Courtyard House
  • Green Good Design Award – Optima Kierland Center
  • Outstanding Property Award London – Optima Signature
  • Architizer A+ Award Finalist - Optima Signature

2020

  • AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Award – Whale Bay House
  • Green Good Design Award – Optima Sonoran Village
  • Outstanding Property Award London – Optima Kierland Center
  • Outstanding Property Award London – Optima Sonoran Village
  • Outstanding Property Award London – Arizona Courtyard House

2019

  • AIA Chicago Divine Detail Award – Optima Sonoran Village
  • American Architecture Award – Whale Bay House
  • Architecture MasterPrize – AZ Courtyard House
  • Architizer A+ Award Finalist - AZ Courtyard House

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