Dave Chappelle reportedly was part of a group of residents who voted against a 53-acre affordable housing development in Yellow Springs, Ohio, even threatening to pull several businesses he is developing for the town if they went forward with the project.
According to Dayton Daily News, the comedian, who is a resident of Yellow Springs, appeared at a council meeting this week to issue the ultimatum. He, along with his company Iron Table Holdings LLC, planned to launch a restaurant called Firehouse Eatery and a comedy club named Live From YS in Yellow Springs.
“I can’t believe you would have me audition for you,” Chappelle said at the board meeting, according to the newspaper. “You look like clowns. I’m not bluffing, I’ll take everything off the table.
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The daily beast reports that development will proceed as planned following City Council’s vote to move forward on Monday, Feb. 7, resulting in 164 single-family homes, 52 duplexes and 24 townhouses with nearly two additional acres remaining for additional affordable housing.
In December, when news of the development project began to spread, Chappelle and other local residents “worried about the increased traffic, the lack of sidewalks and the general layout of the development.” Chappelle told a board meeting around this time that he was “categorically opposed” to the plan.
“I’ve invested millions of dollars in this town,” he says. “If you push this thing through, what I’m investing in is no longer applicable. I would say Oberer can buy all this property from me if he wants to be your benefactor because I won’t want to be anymore.