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A Buffalo attorney has plans to turn an 11-acre field near the University at Buffalo in Amherst into a research and development park.

The state Department of Transportation likely will end up determining how quickly Eugene C. Tenney can move ahead on the Rensch Road facility.

"The DOT wanted a traffic study on Rensch," said Gary Black, assistant planning director in Amherst. "We haven't seen a traffic study yet. Until it's submitted and reviewed, it may not appear on the Planning Board agenda."

Tenney has retained Pratt and Huth for the project, with William W. Tuyn as project manager for 4080 Rensch Road. Tuyn said his company's projections indicate the impact on traffic in the area would not be significant enough to require a traffic study.

"Our projections for the traffic indicate the number of trips generated would be under the DOT threshold to require a study, which is 100 one-way trips in a peak hour," he said. "We've got 117 two-way trips in one peak hour. The DOT had run projections that indicated 112 one-way trips in a peak hour, putting it over the threshold."

Tuyn said he expects to hear from DOT officials Monday, with a final determination on whether a study is necessary.

If state officials decide a traffic study is needed, the project likely would get tabled until that study is completed. Tuyn said he hopes it would not delay the project, which tentatively is scheduled to go before the Planning Board for consideration March 15.

The property on Rensch, just off Sweet Home Road, already has the zoning necessary for a research and development park. The site plan calls for a 355-foot cul de sac coming onto the property, Tuyn said.

Plans tentatively call for breaking the property into four parcels. That would be subject to change, though, depending on who buys or leases buildings on the site, Tuyn said.

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