Actor Dave Chappelle bought several acres of land in his hometown of Yellow Springs, Ohio, in an attempt to stop a real estate developer from building houses adjacent to his home, according to WHO. Chappelle reportedly purchased at least 19 acres of land previously owned by Oberer Land Developers, Ltd. in April.
Oberer Land Developers, Ltd. intended to build a large housing estate on the 53-acre property near Chappelle’s home and claimed one acre would be used for affordable housing. Chappelle opposed the housing development on February 7 in a public hearing at a village council meeting. The comedian was building a comedy club and restaurant in Yellow Springs, Live from YS and the Fire station restaurantand he threatened to stop the project if the housing estate was approved.
“I have invested millions of dollars in the city. If you push this thing through, what I’m investing in is no longer applicable,” he said.
Yellow Springs News shared a photo of Chappelle’s comedy club and restaurant plans on Twitter. “It’s official: construction will soon begin on local comedian Dave Chappelle’s ‘Live from YS’ comedy club and ‘Firehouse Eatery’ restaurant at 225 Corry St.”
It’s official: construction will soon begin on local comedian Dave Chappelle’s “Live from YS” comedy club and “Firehouse Eatery” restaurant at 225 Corry St. https://t.co/OW6brgMUo3 pic.twitter.com/UiYEgr3zbl
— YS News (@YSNews) September 15, 2021
Chappelle’s Publicist Carla Sims Told CNN that the developers had no real plan for affordable housing.
“Neither Dave nor his neighbors are against affordable housing, however, they are against the poorly controlled, cookie-cutter, sprawling style development deal that has little regard for community, culture and the infrastructure of the village.”
The council voted against the massive housing development plans and only approved the construction of single-family homes on the land. On June 22, WHIO reported that Oberer Land Developers, Ltd had scrapped plans for the land. They also noted that Chappelle owned at least 19 acres of land. sims confirmed that Chappelle owned the land but was unable to confirm how much land he had purchased.