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Joplin's Master Developer Closes Local Office

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“Your call has been forwarded to an automated voice messaging system"

Efforts to reach Joplin's Master Developer fail.

That was a call to Wallace Bajjali CEO & Co-founder David Wallace's cell phone.

The company moved out of its Joplin offices in the Gryphon building at least a week ago and another business is now renovating the space.

Wallace Bajjali hasn't picked up our phone calls and disconnected phone lines at the company's Sugarland, Texas headquarters.

Councilman Ryan Stanley gave us a written comment. He says:

“I am concerned and frustrated with the position Wallace Bajjali has put the city in. I find it hard to retain any confidence in Wallace Bajjali."

The mayor says he's proceeding as Wallace Bajjali is still the city's master developer until he hears otherwise.

That leaves in limbo plans for a movie theater and retail district Wallace Bajjali proposed locating next to the new city library on 20th St.

“I question our city leaders on what the heck's going on. I question 'em. I wanna know where they have their minds at. I wonder why they're doing what they do and not do what they're supposed to do,” says Joplin resident Robert Dopp.

Wallace Bajjali's lack of any completed projects has caused concern and frustration with city leaders. But

others say the loss of contact with Wallace Bajjali is not the city's fault

“If the city hired them and then they're supposed to do a job and all of the sudden they don't come through it's not really the city's fault that you know they decided to not do their job,” says MSSU student Jemimah Muldrow.

Councilman Stanley says he has faith in continuing future redevelopment projects with partners the city's made along the way. He says “I find solace in two facts:

1. Wallace Bajjali was diligent to bring viable partners to all of their projects. I am confident that O'Reilly and Charlie Keuhn can pick up where they leave off.

2. The city has strong leadership in all of the positions needed to guide us through this frustration."

The mayor says there is more to the story but for now Wallace Bajjali is off the radar when it comes to talking about Joplin.

In Joplin, Diane Gerstenfeld KOAM News. 
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