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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Has Wallace Bajjali abandoned Joplin?

The Amarillo Independent has learned that Wallace Bajjali Development Partners may have abandoned its role as master developer in Joplin, Mo., according to the Turner Report and the Joplin Globe.

The newspaper in Joplin posted late Friday night that the Sugar Land-based development firm “is no longer operating out of office space” in that city and has left no forwarding address. The story also noted that the firm’s phone “does not connect.” The Amarillo Independent has independently confirmed the main number doesn’t ring, but the fax number answers with a carrier.

The city of Amarillo contracted with Wallace Bajjali to serve as master developer for downtown revitalization in 2011 after the Independent warned of the firm's checkered past.

The Amarillo Independent is investigating further.