Dave Chappelle went on a passionate rant against a land developer who recently threatened his hometown of Yellow Springs, Ohio. The comedian showed his opposition to Oberer Land Developers’ plan to build a huge new subdivision that would have taken up 52 acres of the town. After the council approved the development, Chappelle struck back in the only way he could.

At least 19 acres of land were purchased by Dave Chappelle to keep Oberer from developing the area. The Yellow Springs News reported that Chappelle’s publicist confirmed the purchase to them in a phone call. Specific details of the transaction have not been confirmed.

A search of the Greene County GIS website reflected the sale. The new owner of the land is listed as Iron Table Holdings LLC. That company is owned by Dave Chappelle.

Every lot within the planned 52-acre development is listed as being owned by Spillan Rd LLC. The address listed belongs to Oberer. The 19 acres purchased by Chappelle were previously part of the developer’s plans.

The land development firm was seeking to build at least 140 dwelling units on the property. At a February 7 meeting, Chappelle told the council that he would back out of plans to develop a business near the site if Oberer was allowed to continue. Since he was unable to stop them, he purchased a large chunk of the land they had hoped to use.

Other than the removal of some trees, Oberer has not completed much development on the land. A spokesperson for Oberer would not confirm or deny the sale of the land. The public records show that Dave Chappelle did buy it out from under the company.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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