(RoyalPatriot.com )- Last Monday, comedian Dave Chappelle was among the Ohio residents who railed against a proposed residential development in their backyard that included affordable housing.
During a public hearing in the Yellow Springs Village Council, Chappelle, who owns a restaurant and comedy club in town, threatened to yank his businesses if the village approved the proposed housing plan.
The proposed plan called for 64 single-family homes, 24 townhomes, 52 duplexes, and a donation of 1.75 acres from a developer for future affordable housing.
Residents opposing the plan cited concerns over traffic and water management, with a healthy dose of “NIMBY” (not in my backyard). According to the UK Daily Mail, part of the proposed plan would have come close to Dave Chappelle’s 39-acre farm.
Chappelle told the village council he wasn’t bluffing. If they approved the plan, “I will take it all off the table.”
Chapelle’s moment at the mic: pic.twitter.com/TTfupcFZY8
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After vocal pushback from Chappelle and other residents, the council voted to revert to the previous zoning plan that excluded affordable housing. This plan includes 143 single-family homes costing at least $300,000 each.
When the story broke that Chappelle helped kill affordable housing in his backyard, his people pushed back, arguing that Chappelle didn’t “kill affordable housing” at all because the proposed plan was never about affordable housing. Instead, Chappelle and his fellow residents opposed “the poorly vetted, cookie-cutter, sprawl-style development deal” that ignored the community, its culture, and the “infrastructure of the Village.”
Chappelle’s spokesperson said the development was only “cloaked” as an affordable housing plan, making only 3 of the 143 lots “future” affordable housing. The rest would be used for homes ranging from $250,000 to $600,000.
Max Crome from Chappelle’s Iron Table Holdings told Fox News that the developers didn’t properly engage with the residents of Yellow Springs before making their proposal. Instead, they rushed the process to gain approval while limiting their outreach to the community.