Dave Chappelle Helps Nix Affordable Housing Plan in Ohio Village

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On Monday (February 7th), the council for the village of Yellow Springs in Ohio decided not to move forward with the affordable housing component of a new development due in large part to the concerns of its most famous resident: Dave Chappelle.

As reported by Dayton Daily News, the comedian spoke up during a meeting about the village’s plan with developer Oberer Homes to build duplexes and other affordable housing alongside single-family homes in a sprawling 53-acre area.

Chappelle threatened to take his business interests off the table if he wasn’t heard, saying “I am not bluffing.” In December 2020, Chappelle bought a former fire station in Yellow Springs and received approval to transform the space into a restaurant called Firehouse Eatery and a comedy club called Live from YS. Watch Chappelle speak up during the meeting below.

Other villagers expressed concern with traffic flow and water management, but more importantly, felt that they were not included in the process of creating the development plan. After the complaints from Chappelle and a number of other residents, the village council deadlocked at a 2-2 vote, meaning that the zoning reverted to 143 single-family homes.

Had the plan passed, there would have been 52 duplexes and 24 townhomes, along with an additional 1.75 acres to be donated to the community for affordable housing to be built later.

Although Chappelle was born in Washington, DC, he spent summers with his father in Yellow Springs after his parents separated. After exiting Chappelle’s Show, he bought a massive farm there, and in the summer of 2020, he hosted a series of socially-distanced, outdoor standup shows in the township’s Wirrig Pavilion.

During the last few months of 2021, Chappelle came under fire for transphobic comments made during his stand-up special Closer. His involvement in nixing an affordable housing plan in his hometown certainly won’t do any favors for his reputation.

Dave Chappelle Helps Nix Affordable Housing Plan in Ohio Village
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