The Presser Senior Apartments at 101 West Johnson Street hosted a visit from State Representative Rosita Youngblood on Friday, March 23rd in the Community Room of the newly refurbished building.
About thirty residents attended the lively discussion of the recently enacted Voter Photo ID legislation in Pennsylvania. All of the residents moved into the building over the past nine months and very few have driver’s licenses. Representative Youngblood explained the two options for securing Photo ID’s to be able to vote in the November Presidential election. An Application for a Photo ID may be made to PennDOT which will cost $13.50 and be valid for 4 years. In response to the recent legislation, PennDOT will soon be offering photo ID’s on a non-fee basis for voting purposes only. These new photo ID’s will be clearly stamped “FOR VOTING PURPOSES ONLY” and any other use is prohibited. Applications for Voter Only ID’s should be available within the month. Applications for Driver’s License Change of Address are available on-line or in the resident manager’s office and PennDOT does not charge for this service.
Since most of the residents will be voting in their new precinct for the first time, Representative Youngblood promised to make arrangements for transportation to get the Presser residents to the polls for the April 24 Primary Election. The Presser residents were most grateful that Representative Youngblood took the time out of her hectic schedule for this very pleasant visit to their new home.
The Presser Senior Apartments consists of 45 affordable Senior Apartments located in the former Presser Home for Retired Music Teachers, originally built in 1914 by sheet music publisher Theodore Presser. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places maintained by the National Park Service. The Presser Senior Apartments was completed in 2011 by Nolen Properties, LLC with the assistance of the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, the Philadelphia Office of Housing and Community Development and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh. The Presser Senior Apartments is the recipient of the 2011 Grand Jury Award for Historic Preservation from the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia in addition to the 2011 Multi-Family Historic Preservation Award from Preservation Pennsylvania.