JOPLIN, MO.--- The Joplin City Council held a special meeting tonight to hear updates from the Wallace-Bajjali team and to discuss the Northpark Mall District. At the meeting, David Wallace says the firm is on schedule with all projects. Wallace-Bajjali's Chief Operating Officer Raymond Braswell gave updates on the 20th and Connecticut Street project.
This includes: The theater, offices, retailers and restaurants. The team is also in talks to add a bank in that area, one that is already interested in moving to Joplin. The team is still looking for operators for the theater. Braswell says they aren't allowed to discuss who they are in talks with, but the "Q" company and Regal are possibilities.
"I would say that the theater we will probably be at a place in the next 60 to 90 days to have an operator selected and on board," said Raymond Braswell, Wallace Bajjali Chief Operating Officer.
The firm also says the assisted living project is ready for construction, but are still waiting on the environmental assessment. They hope to start building the villas by the end of this year and start the assisted living homes by March of next year.
Also at the meeting, the council decided to move forward with a $10 million proposal for improvements on the mall property by the Northpark Mall owners, CBL. The Northpark Mall Management Director Francisco Rojas discussed with council these improvements. Which include: upgrades to outside lighting, parking lot, landscaping and creating a trail to Missouri Southern State University. Mall management wants to add a 1% sales tax within the district to fund the improvements.
"The mall needs to stay vibrant, it needs to stay fresh and it's important for us to try new tenants to bring more business into the Joplin area," said Francisco Rojas, Mall Management Director.
Rojas says this 1% tax is usually over a 20 year term, but if it is collected in advance, then it could stop much sooner. The buildings not included in the improvements are: The Women's Macy's and the space used for Joplin High School.