Thank You For the Strong Turnout at the September 6th Open House

Much-needed rain subsided for four hours while we welcomed about 130 guests to an Open House at the future home of the Roux Institute. Team members from IDEALS and the Roux Institute toured small groups of neighbors around the property and answered questions. The tours ended at a tent on the east side of the site, where attendees viewed artistic renderings of what a future Roux Campus might look like and how the proposed public open spaces could be enjoyed. The architects, engineers and project leads were on hand to discuss plans and answer questions. The images here, for conceptual purposes only, show an initial vision of the repurposed bean building next to the academic and research building (2) and a portion of a waterfront promenade in front of the academic and research building (4). As always, please reach out to info@rouxcampusportland.org if you want more information, have questions or want to register a comment or concern.  



Recap of Planning Board Workshop #2

Thanks to all who attended the Portland Planning Board’s second workshop on August 9 via Zoom. Following a presentation by the applicant (link) and questions from Planning Board members, comments were received from the public, after which the Planning Board continued its deliberations. 

Planning Board members expressed appreciation for recent clarifications specifying that IDEALS is working on behalf of the Roux Institute and that sufficient right, title or interest to the entire campus will be conveyed to the Roux Institute before the first site plan application is submitted. They asked a number of questions about zoning options, tax status, qualifying institutions and contingencies, plans for open space, consistency with Diversity, Equity and Inclusion objectives, sustainability metrics, coordination with the bike and pedestrian community, height requirements and placement, and plans for long-term neighborhood engagement. During the public comment period, eight people spoke, often asking questions or offering suggestions while expressing support for the project. Representatives of Greater Portland Landmarks and Portland Trails endorsed the project and thanked IDEALS for the early outreach and responsiveness to ideas. The next Planning Board workshop, tentatively scheduled for October 11th, will focus on traffic and transportation.

Please use this link to the recording of the workshop, and this link to access a summary of the meeting prepared by News @ Northeastern.

Roux Campus Open House

A Roux Campus Open House will be held on site at the former B&M plant - the future home of the Roux Institute.

Date: Tuesday, September 6, 2022 (rain or shine)

Time: 3-7 pm

Location: One Bean Pot Circle | Portland, ME 04103

Please use this link to register to attend. We look forward to welcoming you and showing plans for the site.

Portland Planning Board Workshop on Tuesday, August 9 at 4:30 pm

Plans for the Roux Campus will be on the Planning Board agenda on Tuesday, August 9th. The meeting will take place remotely via Zoom. Public comments are welcome at this workshop. Please use this link to access the Planning Board agenda with the Zoom link to join the meeting.


Portland Planning Board Workshop Tuesday June 14 at 4:30 pm

Plans for the Roux Campus will be first on the Planning Board agenda on Tuesday, June 14th, as the Board begins its review of the zoning map and text amendment submitted by IDEALS. For details on the scaled-back development plan announced on June 2nd in response to public feedback, please see Update #13, below. For the revised Institutional Development Plan and Regulatory Framework, please see Update #14, below. The meeting will take place remotely via Zoom. Public comments are welcome at this workshop. Use this link to access the Planning Board agenda with the Zoom link to join the meeting.


View Revisions to the Institutional Development Plan & Regulatory Framework

Updated documents have been submitted to the City of Portland in support of the Institutional Overlay Zone request. The documents include a revised Institutional Development Plan and Regulatory Framework. Supplemental information includes shadow studies, massing concepts, and neighborhood views (similar to those presented at the June 2 Roux Campus Roundtable). Click on the link to review the revised proposal.


View the recording of the June 2nd Roux Campus Roundtable

Thank you to everyone who joined the forum on June 2, 2022 where we presented changes to the zoning plan in response to public feedback. You can watch a recording of the meeting using this link.

Highlights of revisions to the zoning plan include:

  • A reduction of 468,000 square feet in building density, equivalent to 27% of the total
  • A reduction in maximum building height from 210’ to 170’
  • A reduction in traffic volume due to reduced lab and office space
  • Limit of 8 stories for the hotel, with parking underneath
  • A 60% reduction in retail space

We wish to express our sincere appreciation to all those who offered comments at our public forums, in person and on the website.  

Please continue to share your feedback and questions in the Feedback section.



Register for the June 2nd Roux Campus Roundtable - NOW VIA ZOOM

(This roundtable, previously scheduled to be held in person, has been moved to Zoom.)

What: Roux Campus Roundtable

Why: To Discuss the Roux Campus Planned for the B&M Site. Presentation and Q&A on updates to the zoning plan in response to public feedback.

When: 5:30 PM on Thursday, June 2

Where: Via Zoom. Please register for the meeting using this link.

Once registered you will receive a link to join the meeting via computer or telephone. Following the meeting, a video link to the meeting will be posted in the Updates section of the website.

You can also send a request for a one-on-one call or meeting to info@rouxcampusportland.org and we will respond directly to set up a time to talk.

Historic Preservation Workshop on April 20

What: Historic Preservation Workshop

Why: Preliminary consideration of the proposed Landmark Designation of the Burnham & Morrill Cannery Building, One Bean Pot Circle. Nominated by the Initiative for Digital Engineering & Life Sciences. 

Attachments: Meeting Agenda, Nomination Packet and Structural Report

When: Wednesday, April 20, 2022, at 5:00 PM

Where: Zoom webinar

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://portlandmaine-gov.zoom.us/j/84734486676 [portlandmaine-gov.zoom.us]

Or One tap mobile : US: +13017158592,,84734486676#

Or Telephone: US: +1 301 715 8592

Webinar ID: 847 3448 6676

International numbers available: https://portlandmaine-gov.zoom.us/u/kbjzsFoBH7 [portlandmaine-gov.zoom.us]

Second Neighborhood Meeting on April 6

What: In-Person Neighborhood Meeting

Why: To Discuss the Zoning Application for the Roux Campus

When: Wednesday, April 6, 2022

5:30 - 5:45 PM Welcome and brief presentation on zoning application

5:45 - Q&A

Where: Ocean Avenue Elementary School Cafeteria, 150 Ocean Avenue, Portland, Maine


Register for the March 23rd Roux Campus Roundtable

What: Roux Campus Roundtable

Why: To Discuss the Zoning Application for the Roux Campus

When: Wednesday, March 23

5:30 - 5:35 PM Welcome

5:35 - 5:50 PM Roux Institute learners and partner

5:50 - End time TBD Q&A

Where: Via Zoom. Please register for the meeting using this link.

Once registered you will receive a link to join the meeting via computer or telephone. Following the meeting, a video link to the meeting will be posted in the Updates section of the website.

If you would be willing to submit questions or topics of interest in advance on the registration form, it will enable us to cover as many issues as possible during the forum, but you should also feel free to "raise your hand" during the Q&A. We want to hear from as many people as possible, in writing and in person. You can also send a request for a one-on-one call or meeting to info@rouxcampusportland.org and we will respond directly to set up a time to talk.

Roux Campus Zoning Application Now Available Online

On February 28, the non-profit Initiative for Digital Engineering and Life Sciences (IDEALS) submitted its Institutional Development Plan (IDP) and Regulatory Framework (the zoning application) for the Roux Campus to the City of Portland (Linked Here). These documents describe the intended uses on the site and the commitments to public access, sustainability, resiliency, and design integrity. This is the zoning phase, where height and density footprints are established. Although it is in the Site Plan stage later, where the building design and campus plan come together, IDEALS is clear about the following intentions:

  • To create an exciting and accessible mixed-use campus that galvanizes Portland and contributes to the East Deering neighborhood without encroaching on it or unduly burdening City resources.
  • To design a walkable, bikeable, welcoming environment that takes full advantage of the shoreline and makes the waterfront campus an accessible public open space.
  • To build a campus that is a national model of sustainability, resiliency and beauty.
  • To strengthen the Roux Institute’s ability to attract, educate, and offer financial support to students from a wide variety of diverse backgrounds.
  • To work with the City of Portland, using Traffic Design Management (TDM), a commitment to multi-modal transportation and recommendations for roadway improvements to minimize and mitigate potential traffic impacts.
  • To add new bike and pedestrian access under the north side of Tukey’s Bridge, connecting to existing city trails and potential new ones.
  • To be proactive, transparent and responsive in communication with City leaders, neighbors and interested stakeholders.

We recognize the value of informed public input, which is why we have already held three public Zoom meetings, dozens of individual meetings and have an active website for public comment.

IDEALS has incorporated public input to date and looks forward to feedback from the City and the public to help the Roux Campus become a launchpad for entrepreneurial breakthroughs and a magnetic new presence in Portland.

Please submit your comments or questions through this website and stay tuned for the next Roux Campus Roundtable. Notice of the meeting will be posted on this website. You can Subscribe for email updates and add your feedback or ask questions in our Feedback section.

View the Feb 1st Roux Campus Roundtable Presentation and Q&A

Thanks to all who joined the second Roux Campus Roundtable on February 1, 2022. We will continue to schedule these sessions to listen to neighbors and answer questions as the project progresses. You can watch a recording of the Zoom meeting at this link.

At the second Roundtable (following the first Neighborhood Meeting), we had a lot of thoughtful questions about traffic, parking, trails, building heights, the pier, submerged lands, shadow studies, zoning, permitting, plans for the Roux Institute and auxiliary needs, and public notifications. Highlights of the responses are listed below:

  • We are in the early stages of working though the analysis of projected traffic and possible improvements with the city and will have more detailed information to share in the near future.
  • We are proposing a range of building heights in the long-term zoning proposal, up to 210’ nearest I-295, so we can accommodate sufficient housing on site (which reduces traffic impacts) and all of the other uses that are integral to the Roux Institute’s mission.
  • The existing pier has suffered the kind of deterioration that caused the collapse of the Surfside Condominiums in Miami. A structural engineer did a detailed report showing it was totally unsafe. Our goal is to rebuild the pier with provisions for boat access.
  • The initial shadow studies are being updated to reflect proposed design parameters and will be shared with the public when completed.
  • We will soon be submitting an Institutional Development Plan (IDP) and Regulatory Framework for an Institutional Overlay Zone (IOZ). The content of the application was shared in the presentation. It is a zoning plan to guide development over time, and keep it contained on site, consistent with the City’s goals. The details of the buildings and site design are still conceptual and will be proposed in the next phase.
  • The non-profit Initiative for Digital Engineering and Life Sciences (IDEALS) is creating a campus for the Roux Institute at Northeastern University that is focused on graduate education, partnership collaboration, entrepreneurial endeavors and the infrastructure that will support world-class research and innovation. To attract the level of global talent and investment necessary to succeed, the Roux Campus must be designed at scale. 
  • The next Roux Campus Roundtable will be sometime in March. All residents of East Deering will receive notice by mail and the public is also welcome to attend. Notice will be posted on this website.

Please continue to share your feedback and questions in the Feedback section.


Register for the February 1st Campus Roundtable

What: Roux Campus Roundtable

Why: To Discuss the Draft Zoning Application for the Roux Campus

When: Tuesday, February 1

5:30 - 6:00 PM Presentation

6:00 - 7:00 PM Discussion

Where: Via Zoom. Please register for the meeting using this link.

Once registered you will receive a link to join the meeting via computer or telephone. Following the meeting, a video link to the meeting will be posted in the Updates section of the website.



View the Roux Campus Roundtable Presentation and Q&A

Thanks to all who joined the first Roux Campus Roundtable on December 14, 2021. We will continue to schedule these sessions to listen to neighbors and answer questions as the project progresses. You can watch a recording of the Zoom meeting at this link.


At the December 14 Roundtable, we heard a lot of valuable feedback and good questions. Neighbors and others asked about the scale of the project and how it would impact nearby residents, particularly with regard to traffic and building height. A number of participants noted that cities are characterized by tall buildings and expressed support for building “up” instead of “out” to create new green space on the site. The meeting gave us a chance to clarify that we are still early in the design phase and will continue to solicit input as plans progress. To that point, we heard preference for a mix of building heights and for creation of new pedestrian and bicycle trails to access the site and connect to existing and potential new trails in Portland and north toward Falmouth. One speaker noted that change is good, but it’s hard. Another asked how the campus was being designed for resilience to climate change. There was also a question about the types of new jobs at the Roux Campus. Two participants stated that the alternative to the Roux Institute on the B&M site would have probably been luxury condos. There was a question about the mix of uses on the site – education, startup business, retail, etc. – and whether they would be tax exempt. While the Roux Institute at Northeastern University will be tax-exempt, taxes paid on other buildings are likely to exceed current payments on the B&M plant. We welcome more questions and feedback on this website and at future meetings, and we are happy to schedule one-on-one or small group meetings. If you would like to meet with project representatives, please send an email to info@rouxcampusportland.org and remember to sign up for updates to stay informed. 

 

Register for the December 14th Roux Campus Roundtable

What: Roux Campus Roundtable

Why: To Discuss the Roux Campus Planned for the B&M Site

When: Tuesday, December 14

               6:30 - 7 PM Presentation (same as November 18);

               7 - 8:30 PM Discussion

Where:   Via Zoom. Please register for the meeting using this link.

Once registered you will receive a link to join the meeting via computer or telephone.


View the Presentation and Q&A

Thank you to everyone who joined the first Neighborhood Meeting November 18, 2021

You can watch a recording of the Zoom meeting at this link.

To recap, during the meeting we discussed the Roux Institute at Northeastern University and presented our vision for the Roux Campus in Portland, along with information on the regulatory process and opportunities for public input. We heard a lot of good feedback from participants, who also asked excellent questions focused on traffic and transportation improvements, connecting trails to the site, job opportunities, climate resiliency and lighting.

To continue to solicit public input, we have scheduled the first of what we are calling Roux Campus Roundtables on December 14 at 6:30 PM. Stay tuned to the website for a Zoom link.

Please continue to share your feedback and questions in the Feedback section.



First Neighborhood Meeting - November 18, 2021

We’ll be hosting the first public meeting about the Roux Campus on Thursday, November 18th, 6:30-8:30 pm.

The meeting will be held remotely via Zoom. Please register for the meeting using the following link:  https://bernsteinshur.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dj6q7LWhQJ6Galmt70HkLQ 

Once registered, you will receive a link to join the meeting and you will be able to join via computer or by telephone.

We are required to keep a record of attendees and the registration allows us to do that.

Roux Campus in the News!

Welcome to the Roux Campus' online engagement site!

We are glad that you are here and we are looking forward to hearing from you. Please view the Info section to learn more about the project and the Feedback section to post a comment. Also, please subscribe to this project to get notified about project updates.


Here are a few articles about us in the news -

Aug 30, 2021: Portland’s B&M Baked Beans factory to be replaced with Roux Institute campus

Aug 30, 2021: End of an era: Portland's B&M factory to be converted into Roux Institute technology campus

Aug 30, 2021: Iconic B&M Baked Beans factory to be sold, turned into Roux Institute campus

Aug 30, 2021: Portland's historic B&M factory sold after more than 100 years

Aug 31, 2021: Famous Portland Baked Beans Factory Will Become Campus Of Northeastern University Program

Aug 31, 2021: Our View: Roux campus would be an opportunity factory

Aug 31, 2021: Upcoming B&M closure sparks nostalgia, hope for future development

Sep 13, 2021: Portland has changed and you can really smell the difference

Sep 15, 2021: B&M site wasn't for sale — until the right buyer came along

Dec 24, 2021: B&M is leaving Portland, but its holiday light display is here to stay