Raise your hand if you hate surface parking lots in downtown Philadelphia.

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Good, us too.

It's with no sadness then, that we share the news that a new project will soon replace the surface parking lot at 519-23 Bainbridge St., a property that stretches all the way to Kater Street.

View on Bainbridge St.

The parking lot

We last saw developers Haffey Homes building a bunch of condos at Front & Naudain, another former surface parking lot. And that's exactly the plan here. Harman Deutsch designed a project that takes up the entire lot with eleven condo units and six parking spots. Check out the renderings:

Project rendering, view on Bainbridge St.

Rendering for Kater Street side

The building on Kater Street will have six units with one on the first floor, two on the second floor, and three bi-level units over the third and fourth floors. The top units will each have a roof deck too. On Bainbridge Street, the developers are actually building three separate buildings. The structure with frontage on Bainbridge will have one unit above two parking spaces. Two additional duplexes will sit behind it- note the footpath that will allow access to those buildings.

Perhaps best of all, these units will be right around the corner from South Street, a block and a half from Fabric Row, and right next door to Mostly Books, one of our favorite stores in Philadelphia. What do they sell other than books? You'll have to go there yourself to find out.

The condo project just got ZBA approval, so look for construction to get underway in the coming months.

Disclosure: The developer and realtor for this project is affiliated with OCF Realty, Naked Philly's parent company.