Transforming the Forgotten & Reviving Communities with Care: Taking An Active Role in Brownfield Redevelopment


Brownfield sites, once thriving industrial or commercial activity centers, are underutilized properties. These sites may or may not be abandoned and will remain contaminated if redevelopment doesn’t happen. These neglected spaces hold immense potential for communities, which is why A.R. Brouwer Company has taken an active role in their redevelopment. By leveraging our expertise, resources, and skills, our team has made positive changes, revitalizing brownfield sites and bringing numerous benefits to the environment and the community. Below is a list of brownfield redevelopment project examples:

Project Name

Former Use

Current Use

Grandview Commons Condominium

Manufacturing Plant

Multi-Family Housing

Aldi, Ann Arbor location

City Landfill

Grocery Store

Bluewater Center

Vehicle Repair Shop

Offices, Daycare, and Healthcare Building

Monument Park Building

Gas Station

Retail, Office, and Restaurant

Dexter Retail Office Building

Manufacturing Plant

Office Building

Dexter Wellness Center

Manufacturing Plant

Fitness, Health & Wellness Center

Aubree’s, Adrian location

Auto Repair Shop


Environmental Stewardship

One of the primary reasons why A.R. Brouwer has engaged in brownfield redevelopment is environmental stewardship. These sites often bear the remnant of industrial contamination, posing risks to human health and the surrounding ecosystem. Our team of professionals has the technical knowledge and resources to assess, remediate, and restore contaminated areas, safeguard the environment, and transform blighted land into safe and sustainable spaces.

Expertise in Remediation Techniques

We have expertise in environmental remediation techniques. A.R. Brouwer has effectively navigated the complexities of managing hazardous substances, implementing cleanup strategies, and ensuring compliance with environmental regulations. By actively participating in brownfield redevelopment, A.R. Brouwer and our trade partners contribute their specialized skills to safeguard public health, reduce pollution, and restore the land.

Economic Revitalization

Brownfield redevelopment is a catalyst for economic growth and revitalization. By working with many stakeholders, A.R. Brouwer has played a pivotal role in transforming these neglected areas into vibrant, functional spaces that attract businesses, create jobs, and generate economic activity. By repurposing underutilized or abandoned properties, our redevelopment projects stimulated local economies, boosted property values, attracted investors, and increased tax revenues. This positive economic impact extends beyond the construction phase and continues as the redeveloped site becomes a thriving hub of activity.

Urban Renewal and Community Development

A.R. Brouwer’s experience in remediating and reusing these properties has reshaped and brought communities together by redeveloping brownfield sites. Our team has created sustainable and inclusive developments that cater to the needs of many communities in Southeast Michigan by working closely with local stakeholders. Mixed-use projects that integrate residential, commercial, and recreational spaces foster vibrant neighborhoods, improve quality of life, and promote social interaction. By partnering with all the stakeholders, we brought our expertise in urban planning and design, ensuring that redeveloped brownfield sites become attractive, functional, and inclusive spaces for all.

Collaboration and Partnerships

Redeveloping brownfield sites is a complex undertaking requiring collaboration and partnerships among various stakeholders for several reasons.

First, brownfield sites often involve multiple ownerships and legal complexities. These properties may have passed through different hands over the years, leading to fragmented ownership and potential disputes. Coordinating the acquisition or lease of these properties requires collaboration among developers, landowners, government agencies, and community organizations to ensure a unified approach and streamline the redevelopment process.

Secondly, brownfield sites present environmental challenges. These areas are contaminated with hazardous substances, requiring specialized expertise in environmental assessment, remediation, and compliance with regulatory standards. Collaboration between construction companies, environmental consultants, and regulatory agencies is crucial to develop effective cleanup strategies, ensure the safety of workers and the surrounding community, restore the natural environment, and improve public health.

Additionally, financing and funding for brownfield redevelopment often require partnerships between public and private entities. Governments, municipalities, and financial institutions may provide grants, tax incentives, or loans to support the redevelopment efforts. Creating viable financial models, navigating funding mechanisms, and establishing partnerships with various stakeholders are vital to secure the necessary resources for the project.

In summary, redeveloping brownfield sites is a multifaceted endeavor that demands stakeholder collaboration and partnerships. The involvement of landowners, developers, construction companies, government agencies, environmental experts, community organizations, and financial institutions is essential to address legal complexities, overcome ecological challenges, meet community needs, and secure the necessary resources. By working together, these stakeholders can ensure successful brownfield redevelopment that contributes to environmental sustainability, economic growth, and improved quality of life for the community.

A.R. Brouwer has played a pivotal role in bringing together public entities, private investors, community organizations, and environmental agencies to work towards a shared vision. By leveraging our networks and expertise, A.R. Brouwer has fostered collaboration and created a synergy that maximizes the potential of brownfield redevelopment projects.

Redeveloping brownfield project sites provides many positive and lasting impacts on communities and the environment. By transforming blighted areas into thriving spaces, our technical leaders have built a reputation as responsible corporate citizens committed to sustainable development. Additional benefits of redeveloping brownfield sites are:

  • prevent the spread of contamination like solvents, heavy metals, polychlorinated biphenyls, lead-based paint, petroleum, and asbestos into the environment,
  • improve water quality associated with reduced runoff from stormwater and nonpoint pollutant sources,
  • improve air quality associated with reduced greenhouse gas emissions from vehicle travel,
  • improve public health and community engagement,
  • beautify communities, and reports suggest crime reduction,
  • attracts businesses, leading to job creation, retention, and increased private investments,
  • increases the viability of sites for private developers while improving property valuation.


A.R. Brouwer’s involvement in redeveloping brownfield sites is vital for the well-being of communities and the environment. Our technical expertise, resources, and ability to drive economic growth are instrumental in turning neglected spaces into vibrant, sustainable, and inclusive communities. By embracing the challenges and opportunities of brownfield redevelopment, we demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship, economic revitalization, and the overall improvement of communities for generations to come.

Do you have a brownfield site you want to redevelop? Give us a call or send an email. We can help you create a plan, clean it up, and revitalize the property.


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