Dave Chappelle, and others, forced a City Council to scrap plans for affordable housing by threatening to pull his $65 million investment.
The A-list comedian showed up at a City Council meeting in Yellow Springs, a village in Ohio, and threatened to pull his $65 million investment if they went forward with the plans.
According to reports, the City Council members proposed a plan to build "affordable" housing. However, Chappelle objected to the plan because it would attract undesirables and interfere with his investments in the area.
Chappelle, who has an office in the village, planned to open a restaurant and a comedy club in the new development south of the village.
The council held a meeting on Monday to vote on the proposed project.
So, Chappelle showed up at the meeting and threatened to pull his $65 million off the table if they approved the housing project plans.
The City Council expressed concern about legal action if they didn't go forward with the plans to build affordable housing.
"I don't know why the village council would be afraid of litigation from a $24 million a year company, while it kicks out a $65 million a year company," Chappelle said. "I cannot believe you would make me audition for you. You look like clowns. I am not bluffing, I will take it all off the table. That's all, thank you."
According to VladTV, the Yellow Springs City Council voted 2-2 on the proposed affordable housing development that would have included 64 houses, 52 duplexes, and 24 townhomes.
Now that the housing project has been scrapped, the new plan is to build 143 single-family homes with prices starting at $300,000. Hardly considered "affordable" housing for some families.
Watch the video below.
VIDEO: Yellow Springs votes no on affordable housing plan after Dave Chappelle, others speak up https://t.co/N4u4K2Czht
— Dwayne David Paul (@DwayneDavidPaul) February 9, 2022
Thank you. I truly wasn't sure if I was misunderstanding it all even after reading, watching, and Google-ing.
But this is perfect. "If you cant afford a 300k house, you're not welcomed & I, worth 50M, know nothing of this word 'struggle' you refer to"
— Rinnie Mac (@KwikJraw) February 9, 2022
So at the end of the day the only thing that changes is there won't be any affordable housing. The company will still build condos, Chappelle will still have the restaurant and comedy club (both will bring more traffic to the village). They just didn't want "the poors" around.
— Justin is tired! (@ThatGuyYus) February 9, 2022