The Atlantis Community Foundation (The Foundation), a sister organization to Atlantis Community Inc., was created in 1998 as a separate 501 (c) 3 non-profit. The Foundation was established to assist individuals with disabilities in integrating into all parts of society by increasing the availability of accessible, affordable, integrated housing.
The Foundation currently operates 100 apartment units in 6 properties that house persons with disabilities and non-disabled tenants.
A NEW, WORLD CLASS MODEL – THE FIRST PHASE OF MANY
The Foundation’s newest effort, The Atlantis Apartments, will provide 60 accessible and affordable units, with 25% of them reserved exclusively for persons with disabilities.
The Foundation’s goal for this First Phase is to creatively craft bricks & mortar into a place that will:
- House the operations of Atlantis Community, Inc.
- Provide universal accessibility across all units.
- Support cross-disability accessibility to house people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, psychiatric disabilities, physical disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, and sensory impairments.
- Create true inclusivity within a mixed community- including income, family size and abilities.
Located in Denver’s historic Baker Neighborhood, The Atlantis Apartments will be an innovative, mixed-use facility with first-floor office space and three floors of residential space.
Given the importance of ease of transportation for people with disabilities, The Apartments are centrally located, with bus access at the site, nearby Light Rail service and extensive retail, a grocer, restaurants and neighborhood-based shops nearby.
For all office and residential spaces, The Apartments will incorporate Universal Design principles, which go beyond ADA and other accessibility requirements to ensure the built environment supports users with a wide array of abilities. This project will also incorporate technology, sensory elements and way-finding cues to address multiple disabilities, private and common meeting spaces, and a new independent living-skill teaching area to further enhance ACI’s effectiveness and impact on the community.
The Atlantis Apartments – Target Audience
At The Apartments, 75% of the units will target individuals and small families with incomes between 30-60% of the Area Median Income (AMI) – approximately $16,800-$33,600 for a single-person household and up to $43,260 for a family of 3. The remaining 25% of units will be set aside for extremely low-income (less than 30% of AMI) persons with disabilities.
Phase 2 of The Apartments will feature an additional 60 units of affordable, accessible housing. Additional phases for expanding the project in other locations are in the works for a later date.
Along with providing essential affordable housing to people with disabilities and other low-income Coloradans, the Atlantis Apartments will feature additional elements that will benefit residents and the broader community alike.
Atlantis Community, Inc. Office and Programming Space
ACI will occupy the ground floor of the new facility. The 5,140-square-foot office space will offer convenient access to supportive services and programs, along with space for staff. The offices and the first-floor community room will also incorporate significant archived materials presenting the rich history of Atlantis Community, Inc. and ADAPT and the fight for rights of persons with disabilities (see more below).
Resident Terrace and Community Space
The Apartments will feature a terrace to be used by residents for fresh air and moments of quiet reflection. The terrace will overlook the city and will be located above a community gathering space, which will be used for ACI programming, community events, and resident gatherings. The community space will also connect residents and enhance the efforts of ACI to build a cohesive community.
Interactive Display to Commemorate the History of Atlantis
The rich and extensive history of Atlantis is currently documented on the walls of the ACI offices, with nearly every inch of wall space covered by newspaper clippings and memorabilia. Celebrating this important history is a unique aspect of this development. As part of this project, Atlantis will archive this extensive collection and present it in an interactive way that relays the story of the fight for rights for people with disabilities.
- Independent-skills teaching area
- 4,300 square feet of courtyards and terraces
- 300 square feet of common area on each resident floor
- Exercise Room
- Computer Lab
- Multi-Use Room (Mud Room /Bicycle & Wheelchair Repair/Dog Wash/Workshop)