The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

August 22, 2012

Master developer hires Joplin staff; plans to open office

By Debby Woodin
Globe Staff Writer

JOPLIN, Mo. — Joplin’s master developer, the Wallace Bajjali Development Partners, is opening a Joplin office and has hired four people to conduct their operations here, said David Wallace, the firm’s chief executive officer.

On the firm’s economic development side: Gary Box, who has been the business retention and expansion coordinator at the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, will be project manager for the Joplin effort. Christine Bryant, who has been employed as membership director of the chamber, will be the project coordinator.

Real estate acquisition and housing programs will be handled by Bruce Anderson, senior vice president at Mid-Missouri Bank, and Karen Love, a mortgage lender.

Wallace said the firm is working on all 19 projects previously outlined for the city of Joplin including several types of housing, a performing and visual arts complex and a new library. The new office will be open around Sept. 1 in the Gryphon Building, located at 1027 S. Main St., he said.