Dave Chappelle has bought a plot of land in the small town of Ohio where he lives in an attempt to stop a construction company from building a $39 million project in the area.
According to the zoning plans, the new development may have extended as far as the boundary of the Chappelle site.
But now it appears the comedian has bought about 19 acres of land in Yellow Springs, which was previously owned by Oberer Land Developers, Ltd.
Oberer’s grand plans that would span some 52 acres.
Chappelle is believed to own the southern portion of the plot in order to create some distance between his own property and any new construction.
Dave Chappelle has bought a plot of land in the small town of Ohio where he lives in an attempt to prevent a construction company from building a $39 million project in the area.
Chappelle has now purchased 19 acres of land in the small Ohio village of Yellow Springs where he lives and plans to build his own restaurant and comedy venue.
Chappelle, who is estimated to be worth $50 million, lives on the outskirts of Yellow Springs on a 39-acre ranch in a three-bedroom house he bought for $690,000 in 2015. The new development may have reached the boundary of Chappelle’s property, but he has now bought that land
In February, Dave Chappelle was heartbroken when he spoke to the Yellow Springs town council against a plan he said would be bad for the community and his own home.
Chappelle’s publicist told YSNews that Chappelle bought some land, but they didn’t clarify how many acres the entertainer bought in total.
There is some evidence on the Geographic Information Systems website of the Greene County Auditor, confirming that 19 acres of land previously part of Oberer’s development plans are now instead linked to Chappelle’s company Iron Table Holdings LLC.
The website lists the price of the 15 packs as $1,715,000. This is the price Oberer paid in November 2020 for the entire 52 hectares of the previous owner.
It is not known how much Chappelle paid for his plaque.
The remaining 33 hectares are still owned by Oberer, although it is now unclear what exactly the developer will have in mind for what is a greatly reduced plot of land.
In February, Chapelle made it clear that he strongly opposed the new housing development and threatened to withdraw millions of his investments from the village of 3,700 people if the project went ahead.
But now it appears an agreement has been reached whereby Chapelle has bought 19 acres of land for himself to halt future development on the lots closest to his own estate. TMZ†
While the city council had agreed to allow Oberer’s development to go ahead, Chappelle’s purchase has now blocked or at least curtailed some of those plans.
According to zoning plans, the new development may have reached the boundary of Chappelle’s property. Chappelle has now bought the southern part of this land
Chappelle, who is estimated to be worth $50 million, lives on the outskirts of Yellow Springs on a 39-acre ranch in a three-bedroom house he bought for $690,000 in 2015.
According to zoning plans, the new development may have reached the boundary of Chappelle’s property.
Chappelle, meanwhile, has his own plan to convert an old fire station into a restaurant called Firehouse Eatery and a comedy club called Live from YS. He bought both properties in 2020 for a total of $1.1 million.
Chappelle’s company, Iron Table Holdings LLC, is leading the project.
WYSO, National Public Radio’s Yellow Springs affiliate, also plans to move to offices in the former Union Schoolhouse, owned by Iron Table Holdings, by 2023.
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The development project he opposed included more than 100 homes priced from around $250,000 to $600,000, a huge project for the village and one that opponents say is unsuitable for those currently living there.
The plans would have included 64 single-family, 52 duplex and 24 townhomes with an additional 1.75 acres that would be donated to the community for affordable housing to be built later, according to the Dayton Daily News†
Chappelle himself has not clarified the reason for his opposition to the development, but his city ally has previously said the project is designed to serve people from elsewhere in the county, rather than Yellow Springs.
“It was clearly not designed in the interest of the villagers,” architect Max Crome, who works with Chappelle on his business interests in the village, told the newspaper. Dayton Daily News
“The developers rushed the project and got a deal with the municipality that had not been properly vetted,” the person said. “It doesn’t even include affordable housing.”
Affordable housing should cost an average household a third or less of total income. The average household in Yellow Springs earns about $61,522 per year and the median home price is about $215,000.
Chappelle has plans of his own to convert a former fire station in the city into a restaurant called Firehouse Eatery and its accompanying comedy club, Live From YS
The entertainment complex is being built on the site of an old fire station, but Chappelle threatened to withdraw his investment if the housing plan went through
The source close to Chappelle said he was against both plans, arguing that the underlying zoning rules were “complex” and that the project would not necessarily be able to proceed as per the original plan.
But he had previously spoken out, saying he was “resolutely against” the originally planned project.
“I’ve invested millions of dollars in the city. If you go through with this, what I’m investing in will no longer apply,” Chappelle said at a city council meeting in December last year.
He added that the median age in Yellow Springs is 49, and since there is no school nearby, it would be difficult to attract young families.
“The changes are inevitable, but we do have a decision on what they will or could be,” he said.
Chappelle’s ties to Ohio go back to his father, who graduated from Antioch College in Yellow Springs and later became a professor there.
Chappelle lives with his family on 39 acres of secluded farmland outside the village and also has homes in nearby Xenia.
Comedian Dave Chappelle, 48, has faced backlash from the LGBTQ community with Netflix for comments in his latest special
In October last year, Chappelle faced backlash over transphobic comments he… made in his October Netflix comedy special The Closer.
Chappelle has sparked controversy with his jokes stating that “gender is a fact” and criticizing what he believes to be the thin skin of the trans community.
In the controversial special, Chappelle also jokes that women today view trans women the same way black people view white women wearing blackface, noting that women have a right to be angry at trans women, as Caitlyn Jenner was named the 2015 Woman of the Year. Award from Glamor magazine.
“I’d be crazy if I were a woman,” Chappelle says on the show.
The star also jokes about the anatomy of trans women in the special, joking that they didn’t have actual female reproductive organs and that they didn’t have blood but “beet juice.”
His comments and Netflix’s refusal to make the comedy special, The Closer, sparked protests on the streets of Hollywood.
Netflix CEO, Ted Sarandos, initially defended Chappelle, saying it was not crossing the line on hate speech, despite several organizations including GLAAD and the National Black Justice Coalition condemning the comments made by the comedian and some trans Netflix employees.
By November, Chappelle had thrown off the controversy, telling a sold-out 18,000-strong audience at a screening of his Untitled documentary at the Chase Center in San Francisco that “it’s been a few weeks.”
“Man, I love getting canceled. It’s a huge relief!’ he joked.
He explained that he could partially ignore the controversy because “I’m rich and famous.”
He added: “When you’re in the eye of the storm, it all swirls around you.”