About the Design Review Committee

The purpose of the Design Review Committee (DRC) is to assist the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals by providing design criteria, guidance and recommendations for those applications specifically referred to the Committee by either Board or as requested by the Applicant. The goal of design review is to maintain and enhance the character of the City; enhance the natural and aesthetic qualities of the City, preserve the value of land and buildings; and protect and preserve the cultural aspects and heritage of the City.

More specifically, design review is intended to:

  • Maintain, protect and enhance existing buildings of historical and architectural significance,
  • Foster new development that is aesthetically compatible with existing buildings and infrastructure,
  • Encourage and assist building owners to restore and rehabilitate existing buildings in a cost effective, sensitive manner and in such a way as to be compatible with the surrounding neighborhood,
  • Encourage originality and creativity in the design of new buildings and additions, or the remodeling of existing buildings, and
  • Maintain and enhance the appearance of signage, new and existing.
  • Members

  • Reports & Decisions

  • Shawn Hesse
 
  • Frank Valdez

Frank Valdes holds a Masters in Urban Design and Planning from MIT and a Bachelors’ of Architecture from Cornell University. He is an Associate Principal and partner at DiMella Shaffer and has been practicing architecture for over twenty years, and has served in the Design Review Committee for ten years. He is also involved with Combined Jewish Philanthropies, where he advises non-profit Jewish organizations with navigating their real estate, design, and expansion needs.

  • Deborah Fennick

Deborah Fennick, AIA, LEED AP, is an architect a with a focus on the public realm and how it contributes to community well-being. She is chair of the Design Review Committee and member of the Zoning Advisory Committee. She is the co-founder and design principal of Fennick McCredie Architecture. She also works with groups such as the YouthBuild Boston, and the Science Club for Girls in Cambridge to encourage the next generation of designers.

  • Sarah Radding

Sarah Radding is a licensed architect and has practiced in Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville since 1998. She is currently a Senior Associate at Anmahian Winton Architects in Cambridge, and her notable project work includes the adaptive re-use of Soldier Field in Chicago and the Harvard Art Museums’ renovation. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and a Masters in Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

  • Alexandra Kleyman
 

Reports and Decisions

PLEASE NOTE: Applications made before April 15, 2011 are not included in this listing and can be found by clicking here.

Street Number Case Number First Hearing Datesort ascending Decisions Other Reports Updated date
Myrtle 61 ZBA 2018-140 Dec 10, 2018 PDF icon EC-2
PDF icon ADA
PDF icon SP
PDF icon SP app
PDF icon Existing Conditions
10/17/2018 - 10:51am
Mossland St 15 ZBA 2018-124 Nov 07, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 09/17/2018 - 4:29pm
Spring Street 34 ZBA 2018-119 Oct 24, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 10-02-18 PDF icon Staff Report 10/18/2018 - 10:39am
Somerville Avenue 515 ZBA 2018-122 Oct 24, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 8-29-18
PDF icon Traffic Study 8-30-18
PDF icon Accessibility Narrative 8-28-18
PDF icon Part 1 of Plan Set 10-4-18
PDF icon Part 2 of Plan Set 10-4-18
PDF icon Revised Traffic Study 10-09-18
PDF icon Staff Report 10/18/2018 - 4:17pm
Broadway 1154 ZBA 2018-78 Oct 24, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 5-15-18
PDF icon Plan Set 10-17-18
PDF icon Traffic Study 4-20-18
PDF icon Staff Report 10/18/2018 - 4:19pm
Dane Ave 35 ZBA 2018-116 Oct 17, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 09/11/2018 - 7:34pm
Grand Union Boulevard Block 5B PB2017-05-R1-0818 Oct 04, 2018 PDF icon plan set
PDF icon revised site plan
PDF icon staff report 10/02/2018 - 11:55am
Windsor Street 561 PB 2018-15 Oct 04, 2018 PDF icon plan set
PDF icon phasing drawings
PDF icon accessibility narrative
PDF icon schedule of uses
PDF icon staff report 10/02/2018 - 11:58am
Ossipee Rd 26 ZBA 2018-113 Oct 03, 2018 PDF icon Plans 08/29/2018 - 6:30pm
Elmwood St 41-3 ZBA 2018-123 Oct 03, 2018 PDF icon 41 Elmwood St.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 10/10/2018 - 2:40pm
Cameron Avenue 45 ZBA 2016-81-R1-(08/18) Oct 03, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Staff Report 10/11/2018 - 10:06am
Elm Street 56 ZBA 2018-108 Oct 03, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 8-9-18 09/05/2018 - 12:01pm
Summer Street 3-5 ZBA 2018-107 Oct 03, 2018 PDF icon 3 - 5 Summer Street.pdf PDF icon Accessibility Narrative 7-2-18
PDF icon Plan Set 9-27-18
PDF icon Staff Report 10/10/2018 - 1:13pm
Windsor Road 5 ZBA 2018-114 Oct 03, 2018 PDF icon 5 Windsor Road.pdf PDF icon Plan Set 8-14-18
PDF icon Plot Plan 4-17-18
PDF icon Staff Report 10/10/2018 - 1:17pm
Hillside Park 7 ZBA 2018-115 Oct 03, 2018 PDF icon 7 Hillside Park.pdf PDF icon Plan Set 8-29-18 PDF icon Staff Report 10/10/2018 - 1:14pm

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