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A rendering of the proposed Roux Institute campus in Portland's East Deering neighborhood as seen from Casco Bay. (Courtesy IDEALS)
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The Portland Planning Board approved zoning requests for the former B&M Baked Beans site that would facilitate the creation of a graduate-level college campus, student and faculty housing and a hotel.

The Board’s recommendation now goes to the City Council for their approval.

The Board unanimously approved several requests, which would change the area’s zoning from moderate-impact industrial to a mixed-use designation that allows residential, office, retail and restaurant use. 

While the discussion now shifts to the City Council, Planning Board Chair Maggie Stanley said there will still be many opportunities for the public to weigh in. 

“I think this will be a good project and hope that the Council agrees with us,” Stanley said. 

The application was from the Falmouth-based nonprofit development group Initiative for Digital Engineering and Life Sciences (IDEALS), which seeks zoning changes to facilitate the development of the Roux Institute, a proposed high-tech graduate school aiming to boost Maine’s workforce. The property will eventually be taken over by Northeastern University.


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