New Affordable Senior Housing Coming soon to Ulster County NY

Real Estate Broker/Owner with JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 10491201242


Ground Breaking The Birches at Chambers


Affordable Senior housing is in short supply in many communities nationwide.  This is  a need in the Mid Hudson Valley. One of my specialties is working with seniors  and I do get calls from children of seniors desperately searching for a senior complex.

One organization that saw the need and has built a few senior complexes in the Ulster County area is Birchez Associates LLC, one located in Saugerties and another in Esopus and a third community in the Town of Ulster'

On February 9 2009 they announced their latest project The Birches at Chamber, which is being constructed adjacent to the current Chamber Court.  This is budgeted at $15 million dollars and will be a 66 unit development that will be green friendly.  Significantly Birchez also debuted a partnership with ELANT Inc. This is a key component of health, medical and lifestyle support that  either has been missing from many other similar developments or available through a patchwork of multiple agencies. The architecture, combined with the ELANT partnership allows seniors to age in place.  Many seniors who now live on their own, dread the day when they will have to give up their apartments because they need some type of assisted living.  In this case ELANT will provide health services and support on site.

The Birches at Chambers developed in colloboration with DHCR(NY State Division of Housing and Community Renewal) has funding from public and private sources.

Application for one of the units can be obtained at:

Number of units:  66

# of 1 Bedroom: 52

# of 2 Bedroom: 14

Income directed or housing-cost burdened: 8

58 units will range from $596-$712 based on an income formula

$750-895 for 2 bedrooms

What is included in the rental?

All units include water, heat, hot water, trash removal, discount rates for cable and Internet.

I think that having all units wired for Internet is a terrific idea as more and more seniors are going on-line.

This development will build the 2 bedroom units to accommodate medical equipment and have a place for caregivers to stay.  This is certainly an enhancement that will be welcomed.

Highlights of Development

  • Community room - includes full kitchen for events.
  • Fitness Center
  • Library with Computer Lab
  • Crafts Room
  • Media Room
  • Energy Star Appliances
  • Bus services provided by Ulster County Area Transit
  • Emergency Call System
  • State of the Art Closed Circuit Security System
  • On Site maintenance staff
  • Senior Staff advocate.

This project is projected to open this summer, according to Steve Aaron, founder and managing partner of Birchez.




Comments (17)

Liz Moras Migic
Chilliwack, BC
Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor

I know its not funny - but i thought that was a pic of a funeral at first!

Mar 26, 2009 04:27 PM
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Liz - You missed the hard hats.

Mar 26, 2009 04:30 PM
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

Jennifer:  We have few here that benefit the seniors for sure!  You're right about seniors online. My husband's gramma has been on for 5 + years....that's when we bought her the first pc. She's on her second now... at 84 and emailing like crazy :)

Mar 26, 2009 05:37 PM
Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist
Kingsbridge Realty, Inc - Hubert, NC

Hi Jennifer,
With the average age of the people increasing year after year, more and more of these will be needed.  I think your area is right on target in anticipating the need.

Mar 26, 2009 10:09 PM
Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate

Jennifer - Good job spreading the word on what I am sure will be a fantastic project. Affordable senior housing is certainly important.

Mar 27, 2009 12:04 AM
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

Jennifer this is exciting for your area. I think we are going to see more and more these popping up for Seniors. Congratuations to Dutchess County.

Mar 27, 2009 01:39 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jennifer, at my age I am becoming more aware of the need for that type of housing, I might even be eligible to qualify :)

Mar 27, 2009 09:40 AM
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Sally - I have met many seniors who are now very engaged in social media and I think that is fantastic.  It is such a great way for them to stay connected with family members across the country or world.

Cynthia - You are right, there will be a great need but only with advance planning can the need be met.

Mar 27, 2009 10:23 AM
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Missy - This is probably going to be one area of new construction where I expect to see growth.  Hopefully careful consideration will be given to the needs of this new crop of seniors.

George - I know what you mean, where did the years go?

Mar 27, 2009 10:27 AM
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Bill - That is true, affordable senior housing is an important issue for any community.

Mar 27, 2009 10:38 AM
Carol Culkin
Diamond Partners Inc - Overland Park, KS
Overland Park Residential Real Estate

Jennifer - this is much needed in the Hudson Valley!

Mar 27, 2009 02:44 PM
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

Howdy there Jennifer

That there is something, that a lot of communitys are a need. A lot more Affordable Senior Housing. Thats for sure.

God Bless America

Mar 27, 2009 03:43 PM
Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor
Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC - Mesa, AZ

Jennifer, great post. I think that senior housing is really something that needs to be considered - NOW! ;-)


Mar 27, 2009 04:27 PM
Lynda Eisenmann
Preferred Home Brokers - Brea, CA
Broker-Owner,CRS,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co

Hi Jennifer,

You are so right about "Affordable Senior housing is in short supply in many communities nationwide." It's nice to see your community is moving forward on this type of project. We've got a few here, yet probably not enough with our aging population.

Mar 27, 2009 04:53 PM
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

I wonder if that's a "shovel ready project" that was waiting on stimulus money.

We still need all sorts of affordable housing here in San Diego, not just seniors. It is encouraging that after the decrease in home prices, now almost 50% of San Diego households can afford to buy a home, up from a mere 7% just three years ago.

Mar 27, 2009 09:22 PM
Sandy Fenton
Keller Williams NY Realty * Licensed Associate Broker - Mount Kisco, NY
ABR, ASP, CDPE, GRI -Westchester NY - Condos to Luxury Homes

Wow - that is great!  I can so identify as this point - we just moved my Mom from Brooklyn up to Westchester into a brand new affordable, green senior housing building!  We are thrilled that she is so much closer to us now.

I am sure many in your community are looking forward to this summer - I'll bet it will be full by the end of the year.

Apr 02, 2009 02:52 PM
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Carol - We sure need more facilities like this, with the population aging it has to be an important consideration of future plans.

Dale I couldn't agree more.

Teri - Hopefully there will be plans in place so this before it gets to a crisis level; a good percentage of the population is really aging.

Lynda - I am always excited to see one of these going up.

Russel - I think this was in the works and did not come about in anticipation of the stimulus.

It is great to see that with the correction more people can now afford a house.  This is exciting for people in California,  I understand the foreclosures are being bought up.

Yes affordable housing is needed not just seniors.  Here we have had conferences on this matter and smart growth is another hot issue.

Eloise - That is certainly a good thing.

Sandy - This is a subject many of us with aging parents are paying attention to.   I am happy your mom found a place that is closer to where you live.

Apr 03, 2009 12:19 AM