Framing work is progressing on LIV Condominiums, a three-story, nine-unit residential project at 718-24 South 2nd Street in Queen Village, South Philadelphia. Designed by JKRP Architects, the structure stands on a peculiar L-shaped plot with frontage on both 2nd Street and Morris Street.
Renderings depict a red-brick-clad structure that blends well with the historic architecture of the neighborhood. Some stepped brickwork surrounds the recessed windows, which are framed with black trim, matching the building’s simple cornice. A small garage entrance/exit opens up to 2nd Street, creating a curb cutout.
Recent photos show that the framework has topped out on the building, giving true perspective to its size, which so far matches what renderings projected. Brickwork and window installation has yet to commence, and yellow home wrap still covers the entirety of the structure. And, although framing is topped out, work still needs to be done to the upper pilot house, including roof and wall installation to allow the exterior to be covered in its future brick and black trim.
The structure occupies an odd plot that wraps around four buildings at the corner of 2nd and Morris. This expansive footprint should allow for larger residential units with an abundance of space.
The neighborhood of Queen Village is a vibrant area in the eastern portion of South Philadelphia, just south of Society Hill. The neighborhood is one of the city’s most architecturally diverse, with a large number of modern rowhomes and mixed-use multifamily structures standing between historic colonial architecture. Many businesses and restaurants are scattered throughout the area on almost every block. The new project should allow for new costumers to help support the many businesses and help benefit the neighborhood as it continues its upward growth.
While rail transit access isn’t offered in the immediate vicinity of the project, a variety of frequent bus routes pass through the area, allowing for easy commuting. It is also within walking distance of many areas of Center City East of Broad Street, and a bike a quick trip could be made to virtually anywhere in the Center City area.