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Gone, but not forgotten Pryor will play key role in NJPAC development

Stefan Pryor, former deputy mayor of Newark (Christina Mazza)

It turns out Stefan Pryor hasn’t left Newark altogether.

It turns out Stefan Pryor hasn’t left Newark altogether.

Less than two months after stepping down as the city’s deputy mayor of economic development, Pryor has been tapped to serve on the board of the subsidiary corporation overseeing development near the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, an NJPAC spokesman said Thursday.

Pryor, who left his post in September to become Connecticut’s education commissioner, was elected Oct. 21 to the board of the Theater Square Development Corp., NJPAC spokesman Josh Balber said. He will join at least eight others who will serve on the board of the corporation, which is led by NJPAC founder and former president Lawrence P. Goldman.

Pryor’s appointment has no connection with his post in Connecticut, Balber said.

Development plans for the neighborhood around NJPAC have picked up this year. A 44-story, mixed-use residential building dubbed One Theater Square is now slated for a 1.2-acre property adjacent to the center. Plans for the project were announced in May by developer Dranoff Properties, NJPAC and the city.

Joshua Burd