Dave Chappelle speaks out against housing development in Yellow Springs

Dave Chappelle has voiced his strong opposition to a new subdivision in the small Ohio town where he lives, threatening to withdraw millions from his investments in the area if the project goes ahead.

“You look like clowns – I’m not bluffing,” a visibly emotional Chappelle told the Yellow Springs Village Council at a town meeting Monday night. “I’m going to take everything off the table.”

The comedian also told the meeting, “I don’t know why the board would be afraid of litigation from a $24 million a year company when it’s a 64 million dollar company. million dollars a year.” I can’t believe you would make me audition for you.

At issue is a major new $39 million subdivision that has divided the village of 3,700 people, about 20 miles from Dayton.

Chappelle, who is worth around $50 million, lives on the outskirts of Yellow Springs on a 39-acre farm in a three-bedroom home he bought for $690,000 in 2015.

The new development could potentially reach the boundary of Chappelle’s property, according to zoning plans.

Chappelle intends to turn an old fire station into a restaurant, called Firehouse Eatery, and a comedy club, called Live from YS. He bought the two properties for a total of $1.1 million in 2020.

Dave Chappelle was emotional as he spoke at the Yellow Springs Village Council meeting on Monday, opposing a plan he said would be bad for the community.

Village council chairman Brian Housh is seen at Monday's meeting, where the council heard strong opposition to the new housing development plan

Village council chairman Brian Housh is seen at Monday’s meeting, where the council heard strong opposition to the new housing development plan

Chappelle, who is worth around $50 million, lives on the outskirts of Yellow Springs on a 39-acre farm in a three-bedroom home he bought for $690,000 in 2015. The new development could potentially reach the border of the Chappelle property, according to the zoning plans

Chappelle, who is worth around $50 million, lives on the outskirts of Yellow Springs on a 39-acre farm in a three-bedroom home he bought for $690,000 in 2015. The new development could potentially reach the border of the Chappelle property, according to the zoning plans

Here is an example of the model neighborhood proposed for the city of Ohio

Here is an example of the model neighborhood proposed for the city of Ohio

The development he opposes involves more than 100 single-family homes priced between around $250,000 and $600,000, a massive project for the village and one that opponents say is not for those who live there. currently live.

Chappelle himself did not explain the reason for his opposition to the development, but his ally in town has previously said the project was designed to serve people from elsewhere in the county, rather than Yellow Springs.

“It’s clearly not designed for the benefit of the villagers,” architect Max Crome, who works with Chappelle on his business interests in the village, told the Dayton Daily News.

At Monday’s meeting, the village council voted against its own plan following Chappelle’s tirade and angry remarks from other villagers.

Now, it’s unclear if developer Oberer Homes can move forward with development.

The proposal council voted on Monday night would have included 64 single-family homes, 52 duplexes and 24 townhouses with an additional 1.75 acres to be donated to the community for affordable housing to be built later, according to the Dayton Daily News.

After council deadlocked over the proposal, zoning would have reverted to what had previously been approved: 143 single-family homes on the land, with homes starting at around $300,000.

A source close to Chappelle told DailyMail.com on Wednesday that reports that he would oppose an affordable housing component of the project were false.

The person said Chappelle supports affordable housing, but believes the proposal presented contains no such thing.

“The developers rushed the project and made a deal with the board that wasn’t properly vetted,” the person said. “That doesn’t even include affordable housing.”

Affordable housing is expected to cost an average household a third or less of its total income. The average Yellow Springs household earns about $61,522 a year, and the average house price is about $215,000.

Chappelle plans to convert a former fire station in the city into a restaurant dubbed the Firehouse Eatery and an adjoining comedy club, Live From YS

Chappelle plans to convert a former fire station in the city into a restaurant dubbed the Firehouse Eatery and an adjoining comedy club, Live From YS

The nightlife complex is being built on the site of a former fire station, but Chappelle threatens to withdraw his investment if the housing plan goes ahead

The nightlife complex is being built on the site of a former fire station, but Chappelle threatens to withdraw his investment if the housing plan goes ahead

Chappelle, who is worth around $50 million, lives on the outskirts of Yellow Springs on a 39-acre farm in a three-bedroom home he bought for $690,000 in 2015. The new development could potentially reach the border of the Chappelle property, according to the zoning plans

Chappelle, who is worth around $50 million, lives on the outskirts of Yellow Springs on a 39-acre farm in a three-bedroom home he bought for $690,000 in 2015. The new development could potentially reach the border of the Chappelle property, according to the zoning plans

The source close to Chappelle said he opposed both plans and argued the underlying zoning rules were “complex” and the project would not necessarily be able to move forward under the original plan.

But he has already spoken out, saying he was “categorically opposed” to the project as originally planned.

“I have invested millions of dollars in the city. If you push this thing through, what I’m investing in is no longer applicable,’ Chappelle said at a December city council meeting.

He added that the average age in Yellow Springs is 49, and since there are no schools in the area, it would be difficult to attract young families.

“Changes are inevitable, but we have a decision on what they will or could be,” he said.

Chappelle’s ties to Ohio go back to his father, who graduated from Antioch College in Yellow Springs and was later a professor there.

Chappelle lives with his family on 39 acres of secluded farmland outside the village and also owns houses near Xenia.

In late 2020, the comedian announced plans to convert a former fire station in town into a restaurant dubbed the Firehouse Eatery and an adjoining comedy club, Live From YS.

Chappelle’s company, Iron Table Holdings LLC, is spearheading the project.

Additionally, WYSO, the National Public Radio affiliate located in Yellow Springs, plans to move into the offices of the former Union Schoolhouse, owned by Iron Table Holdings, in 2023.

In October last year, Chappelle faced backlash following transphobic comments he performed in his October Netflix comedy special The Closer.

Comedian Dave Chappelle, 48, and Netflix have faced backlash from the LGBTQ community for remarks made on his latest special

Comedian Dave Chappelle, 48, and Netflix have faced backlash from the LGBTQ community for remarks made on his latest special

Chappelle has courted controversy with his jokes in which he claims “gender is a fact” and criticizes what he says is the thin skin of the trans community.

In the controversial special, Chappelle also jokes that women today see trans women the same way black people might see white women with black faces, and points out that women have the right to feel anger towards trans women, ever since Caitlyn Jenner won Glamor magazine’s 2015 Woman of the Year award.

“I would be crazy as fuck if I was a woman,” Chappelle says on the show.

The star also jokes about the anatomy of trans women in the special, joking that they lacked true female reproductive organs and had no blood but “beet juice.”

His comments and Netflix’s refusal to pull the comedy special, The Closer, led to protests on the streets of Hollywood.

Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos initially defended Chappelle and said he hadn’t ‘getten over’ hate speech, despite various organizations including GLAAD and National Black Justice Coalition condemning the comedian’s comments as well as a number of trans employees at Netflix.

In November, Chappelle shrugged off the controversy, telling a sold-out audience of 18,000 at a screening of his documentary Untitled at the Chase Center in San Francisco that “it’s been a hell of a few weeks.”

‘Man, I love being canceled. It’s a huge relief! he joked.

He explained that he was able to ignore the controversy in part because “I’m rich and famous.”

He added: “When you’re in the eye of the storm, everything swirls around you.”

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