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Applewood Estates homeowners go to court

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KENNEWICK, WA- Homeowners of Applewood Estates overfilled a courtroom Tuesday in a lawsuit involving the city of Richland.

The homeowners association sued the city to block developers from building an apartment complex in the development.

The homeowners' attorney argues original plans called for an age-restricted retirement community that included assisted living apartments.

Joel Comfort says such major changes required the developer to submit a new application and the city to hold public hearings. Instead, Comfort says the developer and city administrators circumvented the public process by "piece mealing" changes to the original plan "to avoid public scrutiny."