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Featured Building: Optima Views

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University in Evanston

Optima Views is located on a site that used to be the Levy Senior Center. The center relocated in 2001 due to the Northwestern University / Evanston Research Park. The new facility had a great amount of support from the senior community and a 26,000 square foot structure was completed a year later.

Going further back into history, and looking at a broader scale, Optima Views is located on what used to be nothing but a swampy forest prior to the 1830s. The Potswatomi Indians had trails along the dryer ridges with semi-permanent settlements.

French explorers first discovered the land and named it "Grosse Pointe" after the fact that it is a point of land jutting into Lake Michigan. In the 1840s, the land was still unsettled, there were a few hotels and taverns along the ridge roads, but nothing more.

In 1851, a group of business leaders founded the Northwestern University and Garrett Biblical Institute on the lands. The chose the area on the bluffed and forested site along the lake. In 1854, the men submitted to the county judge their plans of a city to be named Evanston after one of their leaders.

Evanston was incorporated as a town in 1863 and became a city in 1869.

Today, Evanston is home to roughly 75,000 people. The median age of people living in the are is 34.4 and there is a small percentage of people over 65.

Point of interest in Evanston include the Evanston History Center, Fountain Square Tower, Frances Willard House, and Grosse Point Lighthouse. [1]


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