A new twist in the soap opera that made the fate of the former Touchless Car Wash in Divisadero and Oak Streets. Former car wash owners Roy and Patty Shimek sold the property in 2015, and it was planned to become a six-story apartment complex. Texas-based developer Genesis Real Estate Group won approval to build 186 units there in 2019.

These plans are suddenly canceled. Real estate site The Real Deal reports that the developer has canceled these plans for an apartment complex. This site notes that “After seven years of negotiation, design, planning and licensing, the developers of the closed Touchless Car Wash site have ‘abandoned’ their licensed plans to build an apartment complex”,

The term “abandoned” comes from the office of District 5 Supervisor Dean Preston. And the Preston office is working to turn it into a 100% affordable housing complex.

“We learned in February that the property was on the market and we immediately spoke with the non-profit developers, the owner and the administration about the possibility of acquiring this site for 100% affordable housing,” said a doorman. -word of Preston. tells SFGate. “We believe there is a consensus that affordable housing here is viable and would meet the needs of the community, and we continue to work to make affordable housing on this site a reality.

Sounds like a nice goal, but some car wash fans (and Burning Man attendees) may wonder if it’ll ever be a car wash again. Technically it is possible. SFGate notes that “Genesis Living filed for disclaimer of ownership in May, relinquishing ownership to Roy and Patricia Shimek, longtime owners of Touchless Car Wash.”