promotes the redevelopment of blighted and underutilized properties through collaborative and accountable market-driven solutions.

The Association:

  • Empowers (its members) to market their inventory faster

  • Engages with many different stakeholders early on to build relationships, trust and commitments

  • Enhances the ability for private and public sectors to work closer together for mutual benefits

  • Enables (its members) to generate value (and thus, return) for all stakeholders; commensurate with the risk of their contribution.
Des Plaines, IL | March 5, 2014

Aiming to improve the quality of life for millions of people - one redevelopment initiative at a time.

As our post-industrial cities and work places evolve, so does the need for developers, local governments and businesses to adapt. Urban redevelopment has far reaching impacts - economic, environmental, and social. The Association for Redevelopment Initiatives (ARI), formerly the National Brownfield Association, was rebranded to better serve and represent the many stakeholders whose needs have evolved since the Association began.

"ARI will refocus the purpose of the association to achieving redevelopment outcomes rather than our previous emphasis on educating members in a nascent industry. The ARI Board of Directors is pleased to have Leonard von Rommel take up the reins as Executive Director of the Association since he brings a wealth of expertise and management skills to our organization."

Bruce Rasher, Chairman of the Board
Association for Redevelopment Initiatives

ARI is built on the notion of providing an open forum for the exchange of ideas and opportunities through networking, professional development, publications and web-based applications. All with one goal in mind - to enable our diverse members to participate, learn and contribute to a greater vision: that collaborative and accountable market-driven solutions lead to redevelopment initiatives that have the highest economic, environmental and societal value.

"We are a member-driven organization that promotes the redevelopment of blighted and underutilized properties by providing relevant information, educational programs and events. We focus on peer-to-peer networking, and we're in the process of launching a peer-reviewed publication: The Journal of Redevelopment"

Leonard von Rommel, CEO
Renewal Magazine

In addition to its presence on a national level, the Association hosts local events, such as the Michigan Chapter's Legislation and Policy Updates and also the Illinois Chapter's Environmental Insurance Workshop. For 2014, ARI will host events that foster better private-public partnerships; aimed to uncover opportunities in brownfield redevelopment and creating online tools for municipalities.

"The Illinois Chapter of the Association has a number of events already scheduled for 2014. Our goal is to provide the tools, the training and the support for stakeholders to participate — and benefit — from the wealth of knowledge our members bring to the table."

Steve Armstrong, of Counsel
Jenner & Block, LLP
President of the IL Chapter of ARI

In addition to re-branding the Association, ARI is under new leadership. Leonard von Rommel, CEO Renewal Magazine, is the new Executive Director of ARI. Under the direction of the new leadership, the Association's mission is more precise and focused on the needs of its members.

"As a firm that has been deeply involved in Brownfield Redevelopment for nearly two decades, we are both thrilled and intrigued that the Association for Redevelopment Initiatives will provide a clearinghouse for information on urban renewal initiatives. ARI is a natural evolution from its roots in Brownfield Redevelopment to serve a broader market."

Todd S. Davis, CEO
Hemisphere Development, LLC

It is an exciting time for urban renewal. The Association for Redevelopment Initiatives is at the intersection of private, academia and public sectors and is creating many new tools and initiatives specifically designed to meet the very diverse needs of its members. Please visit its newly designed website for additional information about the Association and all it has to offer.

Association for Redevelopment Initiatives
2200 E. Devon Avenue, Suite 354
Des Plaines, IL 60018

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Urban redevelopment has far reaching impacts —
economic, environmental, and social

The redevelopment process is a complex, multi-stage, time-consuming, capital intensive, multi-disciplinary, externality-generating, public-private endeavor.

Opportunities for infill redevelopment and reuse in a post-industrial era can be found by tapping (and leveraging) physical, social and human assets to generate value (and thus, return) for all stakeholders; commensurate with the risk of their contribution.

The scale may vary — from area-wide, to neighborhood, to street, to building; but the principles are the same, and the community benefit stems from empowerment, equity and equitable participation in the process.

ARI members are individuals and organizations.
They are private practitioners, public employees and academia — from across the US and the world.

  • The National Association — the network of seasoned professionals who share the same vision.

  • The Local Chapters — provide the local knowledge and resources; when you need them.

  • Our members — the decision-makers who have a direct impact on the quality of life for millions of people through urban redevelopment and suburban revitalization projects, economic development, creative reuse and social initiatives.


The Association conducts its activities through:

The Association website (to relaunch in March 2014)
Events (live and web-based / on-demand)
Chapters (MI, IL, NY, and more to launch in 2014)
Journal of Redevelopment (to launch in late 2014)
Renewal Magazine (past 15 years)
Renewal Awards (past 5 years)
Brownfield News (bi-weekly newsletter; past 5 years)

Address and Directions:

ARI's office is located just minutes away from O'Hare International Airport, and 15 miles from downtown Chicago, IL.

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From O'Hare, head southeast on Access Rd., keep right at the fork, and continue onto I-190 E to Exit 1A for River Rd. North, merge onto Des Plaines River Road / N River Rd and turn left on Devon Ave. We're on the north side as you pass under the viaduct (I-294).

From Chicago, take I-90 W/I-94 W to exit 78 toward O'Hare, keep right and take Exit 1 River Rd. North, merge onto Des Plaines River Road / N River Rd and turn left on Devon Ave. We're on the north side as you pass under the viaduct (I-294).

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e-Mail: lvr@brownfieldrenewal.com