Dave Chappelle has threatened to withdraw his investments from Yellow Springs, Ohio, where he lives, due to potential new real estate development in the area.
Chappelle’s father worked at a village college in Ohio, and the comedian spent summers there growing up. In 2020, news also broke that Chappelle would purchase a former Miami Township fire station in the area and convert it into a comedy club.
“I don’t know why the board would be afraid of litigation from a $24 million a year business when it’s a $65 million a year business,” he said. Chappelle at the Yellow Springs Village Council during a town meeting Monday night, per video obtained by the Dayton Daily News. “I can’t believe you would have me audition for you.”
The outlet reports that a $39 million subdivision has split the town, including Chappelle. He voiced his concerns at the meeting.
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“You look like clowns – I’m not bluffing,” the comedian, 48, told the Yellow Springs Village Council during Monday’s meeting, according to video footage.
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“I’m going to take everything off the table,” he said of his investments in the region.
The actor thanked the council before returning to his seat.
According to the outlet, the proposed development involves more than 100 single-family homes with prices ranging from $250,000 to $600,000. A second option would involve 64 single-family homes, 52 duplexes and 24 townhouses with 1.75 acres set aside for construction of affordable housing at a later date.
Council reportedly voted against the affordable housing component on Monday evening, according to the outlet, after hearing what Chappelle and other villagers had to say. Oberer Homes can continue with the remainder of the development in Yellow Springs.
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“I’ve invested millions of dollars in town. If you push this project through, what I’m investing in is no longer applicable,” the comedian reportedly said during a December board meeting.
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As of the 2020 census, Yellow Springs had a population of 3,697. The village is about 20 miles east of Dayton.
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Representatives for Chappelle and the Yellow Springs Village Council did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.