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Jack Kiser

Loray Mill Village Revitalization Project Manager

The Historic Preservation Foundation of North Carolina Inc

Direct Phone: (704) ***-****       

Email: j***@***.org

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The Historic Preservation Foundation of North Carolina Inc

220 Fayetteville Street Suite 200

Raleigh, North Carolina 27611

United States

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Background Information

Employment History

Senior Buyer

Emerson Corporation

Senior Executive for Special Projects

Gastonia Municipal Golf Course

Project Manager

Preservation North Carolina

Senior Exutive for Sp. Project and Strat. Development

City of Gastonia


Board Member
North Carolina Rail-Trails , Inc.

Board of Trustees Member
Clean Water Management Trust Fund


Bachelors Degree

Political Science

Western Carolina University

Masters Degree

Public Administration

North Carolina State University

Web References (61 Total References)

Staff & Board | Preservation NC [cached]

Loray Mill Village Neighborhood Revitalization, Jack Kiser, Project Manager Office: 704-616-1862

Loray Mill Village – 319 S. Vance Street – SOLD! | Preservation NC [cached]

Jack Kiser , Project Manager Preservation NC, Loray Mill Village Revitalization 704-616-1862,

Be part of the renaissance of the Loray Mill Village!

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Jack Kiser, a project director for Preservation N.C., said the goal is to bring attention to what is going on throughout the village.

"All of this is part of our marketing efforts to change the real estate dynamic in that neighborhood," he said.

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Jack Kiser , Project Manager Preservation NC, Loray Mill Village Revitalization 704-616-1862,

Be a part of the revitalization of the Loray Mill Village!

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Jack Kiser, retired City of Gastonia planning director, is now overseeing the Loray Mill Village project for Preservation North Carolina.

"Over time, those workers moved out or passed on," Kiser said. "As that happened, a neighborhood, which was vast majority homeowners, went to rental housing over the course of decades. We want to create our own market."
He estimates there are 400 remaining houses in the village - most ranging from 800 to 1,200 square feet- and Preservation North Carolina is starting the project by buying, renovating and selling about a dozen homes. The ownership/rental ratio is about 30/70, and Kiser said they would like to flip those numbers by spurring private investment.
Preservation North Carolina will buy the homes for $15,000 to $20,000 on average, restore them to their historically accurate appearance, with wood clapboard siding and original windows. The interiors will also be inspired by the history of the village, with pine flooring and bead-board walls, but they will be modernized for today's market.
Kiser said the houses will sell for around $100,000, and by restoring the houses' historic appearances, Preservation North Carolina will be able to pass along tax savings to the new homeowner because of the recently restored state historic preservation tax credit, in this case a 15-percent tax credit of the eligible rehabilitation costs.
"We are going to do quality work and upfitting," Kiser said.
"These developers stuck with it through thick and thin - the worst recession we've seen," Kiser said.
The apartments range in rent from $850 to $1,550, which is on the more expensive end of the rent spectrum in Gastonia, but it's a unique place to live, especially for commuters, who Kiser thinks make up the majority of tenants.
"They can get what they want: something historic, authentic and different than a regular, old two-bedroom garden apartment - you've seen one, you've seen them all," he said. "There are a lot of people, particularly in the millennial generation, who do want something different. We think these houses will have something to offer, too. Anyone who can afford to rent at Loray Mill can afford to buy one of these houses."
The village and mill apartments are easy driving distance to Charlotte. For Charlotte Douglas International Airport employees, Kiser said the commute is probably even shorter from Gastonia than some parts of Charlotte.
Kiser said the city has been helpful in terms of infrastructure by replacing sidewalks and hopefully streets, but the city is also moving the western branch of the police department into the Loray Mill. Kiser said it isn't a particularly high-crime area, but the mere presence of officers, additional law enforcement programs and community policing will be a positive addition.
Kiser said it could take years to create the new market they envision as the decline in ownership took more than three decades to evolve, but Preservation North Carolina plans to stay as long as it is needed. Homes will be ready in October for an open house ceremony to start showing off the properties.
"The overwhelming majority couldn't see the Loray Mill for what it could be, but once it was done, it really knocked their socks off. I think a lot of people never imagined what these mill cottages could be until they can see one done," Kiser said.

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