Affordable New Construction

CRDA Universal Design Demonstration Home - Front Exterior
CRDA Universal Design Demonstration Home – Front Exterior
Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) has invested in an important multi-faceted community wide development initiative,  the Universal Design Home Project, in partnership with AARP and the Center for Universal Design at NC State University. In its commitment to demonstrate the importance of Universal Design in both new construction and remodeling, the CRDA funded the design and construction of a Universal Design Demonstration Home in Atlantic City to showcase affordable new construction and practical universal design features which may be incorporated into all new construction and home remodeling/renovation projects.

What is Universal Design?

Universal design is a philosophy of design that recognizes, and attempts to accommodate the broadest possible spectrum of human ability in the design of all products and environments. It requires sensitivity to, and knowledge about people of all ages and abilities. Sometimes referred to as “lifespan design” or “transgenerational design,” it encompasses and goes beyond the accessible, adaptable, and barrier-free design concepts of the past. Universal design helps eliminate the need for special features and spaces for “special people” (for example, people with disabilities) which are often different-looking, more expensive and can be stigmatizing. Universal design is about ability, rather than disability. It encompasses designs for the full human life cycle, from beginning to end. It allows us to live our lives where we want to be—at home with our families, no matter what our age or ability. … Our [CRDA] goal is to help to usher in new concepts in residential design that will benefit families and communities in Atlantic City and beyond.” Edward Gant, Chairman Casino Reinvestment Development Authority

Features and Amenities

  • Custom designed shingle-style 3,500 sq. ft. residence
  • Smooth, stepless entries for ease of access
  • Covered porches for outdoor recreation
  • Wider doors and hallways, with easy-to-grasp, functional hardware
  • Convenient, flexible kitchen designs with sitting workspaces, specialized cabinets and appliances
  • Bathrooms designed for maximum usability, including curbless showers
  • Home elevator and chair lift installations
  • Healing Garden designed for children and adults