Joplin city officials appear to have been blissfully unaware that Wallace-Bajjali had abandoned a project in Corpus Christi, Texas, just one year before the firm was hired in Joplin and only three months before the Joplin Tornado.
The Turner Report noted Wallace-Bajjali's activities in Corpus Christi in this post from July 15, 2014:
City officials were entranced as the former mayor of Sugar Land, Texas David Wallace presented a multi-colored power point presentation of how a blighted area of the community would look once his firm, Wallace-Bajjali Development Partners finished with their plans to revive the area.
It was the same process Wallace would use a couple of years later when his firm became the master developer for the city of Joplin.
The city officials who watched this presentation were from Corpus Christi, Texas. The presentation was titled "Corpus Christi: A New Vision."
In a city publication printed a few months later, the project was described in this fashion:
"A master plan for redevelopment of property stretching from Sam Rankin Street to Interstate 37 to the waterfront."
That plan included mixed-use development, a water park, and a hotel.
The vision, according to the city publication, would "enhance streetscape and restore economically depressed neighborhoods."
And perhaps it would have, but Wallace-Bajjali Development Partners walked away from the project a few months into it, when city-owned land it wanted to use for the project was not made available:
"There wasn't enough low-hanging fruit that they could wrap their arms around and get involved right away," said Mayor Joe Adame, who recruited the developers to Corpus Christi and strongly supported the plan.
Bill Durrill, whose family owns several large tracts of the land proposed for development, met several times with the developers. Those meetings ended several months ago, he said.
"They lost interest," he said. "They didn't see enough skin in the game."
The Corpus Christi project is still included on the Wallace-Bajjali website as a public-private partnership accomplishment despite the departure and the lack of skin in the game.