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Dave Chappelle Takes Public Stand Against Affordable Housing Plan In His Neighborhood

The comedian appeared at a city council meeting in Yellow Springs, Ohio and threatened to pull his businesses from the town if they moved forward.

Dave Chappelle was reportedly a 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’s developing for the town if they moved forward with the project.

According to the Dayton Daily News, the comedian, who is a Yellow Springs resident, appeared at a council meeting this week to make the ultimatum. He, along with his company Iron Table Holdings LLC, was reportedly planning to launch a restaurant called the Firehouse Eatery and a comedy club named Live From YS in Yellow Springs.

“I cannot believe you would make me audition for you,” Chappelle said at the council meeting, according to the newspaper. “You look like clowns. I am not bluffing, I will take it all off the table.”

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The Daily Beast reports that the development will go on as planned after the city council vote in favor of moving ahead on Monday, Feb.7, resulting in 164 single-family homes, 52 duplexes and 24 townhomes with nearly two additional acres left for additional affordable housing. 

Back in December, when word of the development project began spreading, Chappelle and other local residents “raised concerns over increased traffic, a lack of sidewalks and the general setup of the development.” Chappelle said at a council meeting during that time he was “adamantly opposed” to the plan.

“I’ve invested millions of dollars in this town,” he said. “If you push this thing through, what I’m investing in is no longer applicable. I would say that Oberer can buy all of this property from me if they want to be your benefactor because I will no longer want to.”

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