Affordable housing plan voted down in Ohio village after opposition from Dave Chappelle
An affordable housing plan was nixed in Yellow Springs, Ohio, after resident and comedian Dave Chapelle said that he would pull his businesses out of the town should the plan go through.
The council vote of four members was tied 2-2, ensuring that the ordinance would not move forward, according to the Dayton Daily News.
During a village council meeting, Chapelle called the members of the body “clowns,” stating that he would pull his restaurant and comedy club out of Yellow Springs if they passed a zoning ordinance that included dozens of affordable housing units.
“I cannot believe you would make me audition for you. You look like clowns,” Chappelle said, according to council video shared on YouTube. “I am not bluffing, I will take it all off the table. That’s all. Thank you.”
The comedian did not explain the reasoning for his ultimatum.
In September, Chappelle got the OK to move forward with his businesses in his home town, which has a population of less than 4,000 people. The comedian had submitted plans to the Yellow Springs Planning Commission for his restaurant, Firehouse Eatery, and his comedy club, Live from YS, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
The Dayton Daily News previously reported that Chappelle’s company bought the Miami Twp. Fire Station in December of 2020 for the eatery.
This is also not the first time that Chappelle has objected to the zoning ordinance. In December, he told the council that he was “adamantly opposed” to the measure, according to NBC News.
The Hill has reached out to a spokesperson for Chappelle for additional comment.