Dave Chappelle helps block Ohio city’s affordable housing plan, threatens to pull investments

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by Dave Chappelle The declaration of the town hall had an impact.

The city of Yellow Springs, Ohio, will not move forward with an affordable housing development after Chappelle, 48, and other residents spoke out against the building plan at a meeting on Monday. The proposal would have seen Oberer Homes add low-income homes to their upcoming development instead of just single-family homes that start above $300,000, according to Dayton Daily News.

Chappelle’s interest appears to stem from his Yellow Springs-based businesses, from his company Iron Table Holdings LLC to a restaurant and comedy club he plans to open. When Chappelle took the microphone at Monday’s meeting, he threatened to withdraw his business interests from Yellow Springs if the affordable housing development project went ahead.

“I don’t know why the village council would be afraid of litigation with a $24 million a year company when they are evicting a $65 million a year company,” he said. “I can’t believe you would have me audition for you.”

The comedian’s statement was also directly aimed at the village council. “You look like clowns. I’m not bluffing. I’m going to take everything off the table,” he said.

While Chappelle’s statement was short, it received applause from most of the town hall onlookers, as seen in a video posted by Yellow Springs on YouTube.

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Yellow Springs Village Council voted 2-2, with one abstention – a vote that officially rejected the affordable housing component of Oberer Home. The development will move forward with 143 single-family homes that start above a low-income price point.

Chappelle has yet to comment on the town hall meeting on social media. His representative said TMZ“Dave Chappelle didn’t kill affordable housing. Concerned residents and a responding village council ‘killed’ a half-baked plan that never delivered affordable housing.”

The star had previously attended a council meeting on the construction plan in December. “I categorically oppose it. Obviously I live behind the development or the proposed development,” he said, according to a local media. “I have many business interests in town. I’ve invested millions of dollars in town. If you push this stuff, what I’m investing is no longer applicable.”

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