Contractor leading Joplin redevelopment closes offices
JOPLIN (AP) - A Texas-based contractor hired to lead Joplin's recovery from the 2011 tornado apparently has left the city without notice.
The Joplin Globe reports Wallace Bajjali Development Partners is no longer operating out of its offices in Joplin and left no forwarding address.
A phone call Monday from The Associated Press to the company's headquarters in Sugar Land, Texas, did not connect and an email did not receive a response. The Globe reports repeated efforts to reach company officials by phone or email since last Thursday have been unsuccessful.
The city of Joplin has paid the company about $1.7 million in development fees as of August.
Mayor Mike Seibert said city officials don't know the firm's status but the contract with Wallace Bajjali is still in effect.