The Birches at Schoharie

“You have to be in it. . .”

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

So starts the Lotto ad. And the same is true of our wait lists. If you don’t have an application in, you’re not on the list. Wait lists can discourage some, but we want to encourage you. When an apartment becomes available, it is available to the next qualified and ready applicant. But apartments are as-signed to particular income bands, and we have disabled and frail elderly preferences to consider as well.

What’s this all mean to you? You are on a subsection of the wait list based on your income and whether those ahead of you are ready to move in when the apartment becomes available. We’ve seen instances where we contact 20 applicants before we find a Resident. Plus should you not be ready when you are called it doesn’t affect your standing. You stay on the list.

Fill out an application soon! You can download an application, stop by at our communities (either by appointment or from the brochure display in the lobby) or just call toll free 888-980-0090 and we will mail you an application.

Radio Interview with Steven L. Aaron, Birchez Associates LLC

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

Dubbed the “Taste of Ulster”, Thursday morning’s Kingston Community Radio show starts off with a tribute to the late Walter Maxwell. Hosts former Legislature Chairman Fred Wadnola and chef extraordinaire Cynthia Wadnola welcome Steve Aaron, Founder and Managing Member of Birchez Associates LLC.
Listen in on a wide-ranging discussion, featuring the latest Birchez community in Schoharie and what’s on the drawing board for proposed affordable senior housing in the Hudson Valley.
Plus, find out how to arrange your own tour of a Birchez community. Despite waiting lists, Steve Aaron encourage seniors to get their applications in to get the process started: “I can’t tell you the number of times we go down the list and #1 isn’t ready to move, #2 situation has changed, etc. Plus the income band of the apartment dictates who may qualify for a given opening. I’ve witnessed going down 20 names before we find someone ready to move.”
Steve also shares details on green building at Birchez: LEED Platinum at The Birchez at Chambers, early adapter of radiant heat for senior housing at The Birchez at Saugerties. The trio also reviews Birchez’ latest newsletter, with a nod to First Responders, and the profiles of The Birches at Saugerties resident Art Baum and the scholarship winner at Birchwood Village. To see the video of the radio show, go to Click on 8.18.2016 show and once past the opening commercial, advance to 25:00 for the start of today’s KCR show. Runs til 1:21:00

Birchez Associates Grows with New Community in Schoharie

Monday, July 25th, 2016

Elegant, affordable, senior housing is coming to Schoharie. Birchez Associates, LLC, Founder Steven L. Aaron anticipates The Birches at Schoharie community to be available for residents by late summer.

On Main Street, near Schoharie’s Central Business District, Birchez is constructing 72 apartments: 60 one-bedroom and 12 two-bedroom apartments. Floor plans for the cottages and first-floor apartments of the main building include an outdoor patio/deck, while second-floor apartments will benefit from a balcony/deck. Also located at the rear of the garden-style building will be gardening plots with raised beds, and a landscaped recreation area for resident gatherings.

“Birchez Associates is very excited about the completion of this construction project and opening the doors to this new community,” Aaron said. “We always strive for excellence and we always keep the needs and happiness of our residents in mind. We’re building a community where people will truly enjoy their later years.”

The state-of-the-art senior living community campus will be a smoke free, and the well-appointed apartments will include air conditioning and 24-hour maintenance. Attention to detail is evident from the location of the light switches to the height of the countertops – all designed with the senior and frail senior in mind. Also, there will be plenty of closet and onsite storage space. Amenities include onsite laundry facilities, crafts/game room, computer center and  a spacious community room complete with a kitchen facility.

Each apartment will be outfitted with the latest in energy efficient appliances, radiant heat and air conditioning. The community will meet LEED green building-design standards, including Energy Star components that use 20 percent to 30 percent less energy than New York State requirements.

Residents will have the confidence of onsite management and security. Every unit will be handicapped accessible and include state-of-the-art e-call systems in bedrooms and bathrooms, that directly notify first responders and onsite staff.
“Schoharie will experience many of the same amenities and details that are featured in our other communities,”Aaron said. “This level of quality makes a difference in the lives of all our residents.” Residents will have easy access to shopping, banking, a library, medical offices, dining and entertainment in the surrounding area. They will also have available at-home care from Bassett Health Care Network.

Construction of The Birches at Schoharie has created a positive economic impact on the local community. The project has a $10 million-plus construction value, creating 110 jobs and $2.78 million in wages and salaries during construction and a $1.24 million ripple effect of annual spending income from local wages and salaries during operation.

“In addition to the creation of local construction and permanent jobs, this community is more about bringing a wonderful, affordable living environment to seniors in the Schoharie region,” Aaron said.

For an application to The Birches at Schoharie or any of our communities, email, go to or call 845-338-6173.