About Birchez Associates
Founded in 2002, Birchez Associates LLC (Building Ideas for Rural Community Housing) is a development company committed to providing affordable, quality housing for seniors, workforce families and veterans – those who need housing most.
Birchez Associates is truly a “uniquely Ulster” business with roots extending back to the 1840s through its hardware and industrial supply affiliate, Fowler & Keith. A lifelong resident of Ulster County, founder and managing partner Steven L. Aaron has a 30-year history in real estate development, property management and construction. Steve began working in affordable housing in 1977 with his father, Martin Aaron, who spearheaded the first privately financed senior housing in the Ulster County.
From its initial staff of three, Birchez Associates has grown to include 30 employees at its headquarters in midtown Kingston’s Empire Zone and has provided employment for hundreds more during its construction projects throughout the county.
The firm continues to expand through new affordable housing developments and innovative partnerships with service providers such as Elant, Inc., a community-based, not-for-profit organization that provides personalized, on-site care at Birchez Associates’ senior living communities.
Widely recognized for creating win/win public and private partnerships, Birchez Associates has developed four senior housing communities in Ulster County: Chambers Court and The Birches at Chambers in the town of Ulster, The Birches at Saugerties and The Birches at Esopus. The company also developed Birchwood Village, the first workforce family housing to be built in Kingston in over 30 years. Together, these communities have transformed the lives of 359 families. The sense of communities is a core value for Birchez Associates.
Listen in on this video interview, taped after the ribbon cutting celebration at The Birches at Esopus, with Founder and Managing Partner, Steve Aaron: