La Collina Photo Tour – NextSTL

The development of La Collina in The Hill district is quite advanced. This is a 225-unit building of Draper & Kramer nicknamed Moda at The Hill and up to 58 single family homes. The houses were built by McBride Homes. They sold out quickly, so kudos to them. Let’s look around us.


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La Collina lies to the west of Kingshighway between Daggett to the north, Hereford to the west and Bischoff to the south. A little embarrassing that Boardman crosses paths with Daggett in the middle of the block. Aligning Daggett’s entrance with Boardman to the north would have provided a shorter path to reach the parking lot from Kingshighway. It should be noted that this development added to the street grid. #Healthgrid

View to Kingshighway

You can see the building’s structured parking lot from Kingshighway. There are 250 indoor parking spaces plus 80 additional surface spaces.

In Search of Wilson and Boardman

The single family homes are located on 26 feet by 96 feet lots with garages facing the lane. Many lots of The Hill are 25 to 30 feet wide, although generally deeper.

Looking north on Bischoff’s Boardman

The houses form a pretty street wall. The density is obvious.

The houses are a mix of two and three storeys, an increase from the typical 1 to 2 storey of The Hill. They don’t have a basement though.

The front yard utility litter is the most unfortunate. On the good side, there are no power lines in the streets or alleys.

Looking northwest of Bischoff.

I hope that sidewalks to cross the train tracks on Bischoff are planned. Walking from Kingshighway along Bischoff is unpleasant.

Looking south along Hereford with some of the old shotguns.
Houses on Hereford south of Wilson
Looking east on Wilson to Hereford

The building creates a terminus for Wilson Ave.

I find the houses quite ugly. I have trouble finding the words to explain why. The brick color? Lack of brick return on the sides? The Windows? Porches ? The lack of basements that do not push the first floor higher than the sidewalk? Awkward mansard roofs on some? The heights to the ground? Is it just that it’s new and spotlessly clean? Maybe some of you who agree have the vocabulary to describe the gaps and suggest changes that wouldn’t have cost too much.

We do not yet know to what extent the apartments will be rented out, but given the pace of home sales, the location credit, location, location should not be overlooked. La Colline is a great place to love and invest in. It is one of the few places in the city where new houses are demolished. When you walk around you feel the soul.

Does La Collina add to this feeling of belonging? More people living nearby will liven up the streets and help revitalize the neighborhood’s institutions and businesses. There is no commercial space at La Collina however. There is no missing medium of the genre that adds variety, soul and charm to The Hill. Just a huge apartment building and single family homes. It seems like that’s about all we can build.

To be fair, La Collina isn’t over yet. There are 24 condominiums planned along Daggett and the public space to the west could be a good place to make room. Perhaps the resident / commercial square footage ratio is too low in the area and more commercial space is unreasonable. There is a large fallow plot to the north. Perhaps this is an opportunity for some variety.

Hope you enjoyed the visit, have a look for yourself someday and best wishes to the new residents.

Jack C. Nugent