The new Nicolayen Museum will take over the former Art Museum of Charlotte, a sprawling art museum on Charlotte’s west side, as the city continues to grapple with its worst housing crisis in decades.
The building’s lease expired on Monday, and the city said the building’s tenant would have to vacate by May 25, but the city will not force the landlord to leave until May 25.
The city also has yet to announce whether the property will be demolished, which is required by state law.
The property, which sits in the heart of the arts district, was once home to the Charlotte Art Museum.
Nicolaysens art collection was moved to the new museum in the early 1980s after its owner, the Rev. John Nicolay, died.
The former museum was then renamed Nicolays Art Museum and relocated to a new location in 2015.
In its initial lease, the city and the Nicolayses’ landlord agreed that the museum would be kept open and would continue to host exhibitions.
That agreement, however, was voided in the late 1990s, when the city lost control of the property to a group of local residents who moved in and began demolishing the building.
The Nicolays’ ownership of the museum was eventually transferred to the city in 2013, and then-Mayor Jennifer Roberts said in March that the city would take over ownership of a “strategic asset” in the museum’s future.
The new museum, which will open in 2019, will have a focus on the art world, and will feature art exhibitions and programs, according to the announcement from the city.
Nicolay’s collection was originally moved to Charlotte in 1981, when he was an artist at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
It was renamed the Nicolay Art Museum in 1998.