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Downtown building to be demolished, new building going up

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Ad agency Bader Rutter to occupy in 2017

A recognizable (and huge!) building in downtown Milwaukee will soon be demolished to make way for a new office development along the Milwaukee River.

Most of the former Laacke & Joys complex, 1433 N. Water St., will be replaced by a new five-story office building, designed by Plunkett Raysich Architects.  It will be home to advertising firm Bader Rutter, formerly based in Brookfield, which will move all of its operations to Milwaukee.  Laacke & Joys moved out of Downtown Milwaukee a couple of ago, and the buildings have been vacant since.

OnMilwaukee’s Bobby Tanzilo went to the site last week for his column, and joined me in studio to talk about the future of the site.

Click the player above to hear our conversation, and follow this link to read his story at OnMilwaukee.com.