433 E. Michigan St., Milwaukee

Ugly Building

433 E. Michigan

On the eastern edge of downtown Milwaukee is a five-story eyesore that has been vacant for nearly a decade.

Johnson Controls International plc purchased the former Universal Foods Corp. (now Sensient Technologies Corp.) headquarters at 433 E. Michigan St. in 2008 with plans to expand its downtown facility. That never happened.

The future of the nondescript building, is owned by one of the city’s largest employers is unclear.

“We have not announced any plans for the building,” said Fraser Engerman, a Johnson Controls spokesperson.

The 80,525-square-foot office building was built in 1909. It is assessed by the City of Milwaukee at $1.27 million.

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