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Wallace Bajjali Senior Housing Project Back to Bidding Process Per HUD Recommendation

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 A pet project of Joplin's master developer is back to ground zero.

     Wallace Bajjali was the chosen developer for a senior housing project but  concerns from  housing and urban development mean the city will bid it again.

More than twenty acres of property, parking lots from doctor's offices,  still sits idle at 26th and maiden lane in the tornado zone.

Wallace bajjali proposed it  become senior housing  ranging from apartments, to assisted living and memory care facilities and would build it with help from O'Reilly Development.

That plan now has to be shelved as HUD says  the city must re-bid the project that would use four and half  million dollars in community development block grants.

City council member Mike Woolston says,  "Deloit, the company that the  city has hired to help us administer all the federal funds we're receiving caught this. They had some concerns that  the way it was bid from  this new entity was not the company,  the Wallace Bajjali company we procured to build affordable housing. "

  Troy Bolander, Joplin's planning and community development manager says,  “HUD  wants to make  sure this is a fair process and open to everyone not just Wallace Bajjali.”

Other developers can now bid to build senior housing and it doesn't have to be on the property originally designated.

O'Reilly officials  says the new company with Wallace Bajjali will re-bid.

The mayor and other city council members say the delay in the development is frustrating  but  also say it's  more important to get it right.

Woolston says, “If we don't follow the rules properly, then we're not gonna get the reimbursement and it might be something we wouldn't do if we knew that we wouldn't get the reimbursement.

Bolander says its typical to use public monies in projects that are creating affordable housing. Using CDBG  funds means  fifty-one percent of units are occupied by low income  tenants.

     The project will be delayed two to three months  with a request for bids expected in January.

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