Stormwater Improvement Project Background

Following five years of study, and an intensive public education campaign, the Wilmette Board of Trustees voted on April 17, 2018 to pursue a stormwater improvement project to address flooding issues for residents who live west of Ridge Road. Ultimately, the majority of the Board of Trustees voted to proceed with Neighborhood Storage improvements at an estimated cost of $48-55 million.

The Village’s goal is to be ready to commence work on the first neighborhood storage project at Community Playfield by summer 2020.

In order to meet this goal, the Village issued a Request for Proposals and received responses from seven firms, several of which teamed together because of the size of the project. After careful review of the proposals, staff interviewed three firms. The team of Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd. (CBBEL) and Baxter and Woodman was selected based on their relevant experience, knowledge of the system, comprehensive scope of work and competitive fee.

CBBEL was the project manager during the initial hydraulic study. As its original developer, CBBEL has tremendous knowledge of Wilmette’s storm sewer model and provided an option in their proposal to expand flood relief to underserved neighborhoods. This will be reviewed in detail during the preliminary engineering phase.

To gather community feedback, The Wilmette Park District held public meetings in two separate formats beginning March 11, 2019. For more information, please visit

For more information about Phase 1A, please click here: Frequently Asked Questions.

Project Update: August 2019

Project Update: June 2019

Project Update: April 2019

Project Update: Feb/Mar 2019

Project Update: January 2019

Project Update: November 2018

Project Update: August 2018

Common resident questions and answers from our Community Playfield Neighborhood Meeting that was held on Wednesday, March 4th can be found here.

Phase I Construction Update – Feb 2020: The Village is preparing to break ground on Phase I of the Neighborhood Storage Project at Community Playfield this spring!

Neighborhood Storage Project Village Board Update – Feb 11, 2020

Neighborhood Storage Project Village Board Update – Feb 25, 2020

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Wilmette School District 39 – Adopted Jan 2020

Neighborhood Storage Project Phase I: Community Playfield Construction Notice

Neighborhood Storage Project Phase I: Storm Sewer Construction Notice

Neighborhood Storage Project Phase I Frequently Asked Questions

Virtual Project Open House: Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Village held an online Open House to present Phase I of the Neighborhood Storage Project to residents and stakeholders, explain the construction plan, and answer any questions. Please click here to view the Open House recording and to meet the Project Team!

To learn more about the Stormwater Improvement Project go to