October 23: Transpo funding bill delayed | MOTU at 5 | Nutter in dark on possible school sales | Newmarket and Jamaican Jerk Hut lot developments

Good morning, Streeters. Tonight it could be 37°, the coldest temperatures we’ve had since April. Brrr.

The state’s all-important transportation funding bill will not see a vote in the PA legislature this week. The Inquirer reports that negotiations will continue over the coming weeks and the bill could be voted on in mid-November. The bill would provide funding to repair the state’s crumbling roads and bridges and fund its stressed mass transit systems.

As the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities turned five, Hidden City Daily talked all things MOTU with Deputy Mayor Rina Cutler and her chief of staff Andrew Stober – including state transportation funding, bike share, an Amtrak connection to the airport, and the state of SEPTA.

Mayor Nutter is complaining that City Council won’t share with him developer’s expressions of interest in surplus school buildings, the Daily News reports. The fear is that the sale of these schools will not net the $50 million promised to the school district in exchange for the buildings.

The Newmarket site, home to a failed mall and several failed development plans, looks like it may finally be redeveloped. Property alerts us that Toll Brothers is actually starting to build and market units at the Newmarket site next to the Headhouse in Society Hill.

Say farewell to the Jamaican Jerk Hut’s side yard: Naked Philly reports that JKR Partners are planning a mixed-use building for the large lot. Plans aren’t yet firmed up but what seems likely is a by-right six-story building with ground floor commercial space topped by apartments.

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