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
Roland Street / Inner Belt Rd 56 / 0 & 20 ZBA 2018-142 & ZBA 2018-143 Jan 23, 2019 PDF icon Proposed Plan Set 10-10-18
PDF icon Phase 1 Env. Report 10-7-17
PDF icon Stormwater Memo 10-10-18
PDF icon Traffic Memo 10-18
PDF icon Plan Set 12-13-18
PDF icon Renderings 12-13-18
12/17/2018 - 10:01am
Wheatland Street 96 ZBA 2018-175 Jan 23, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 6-11-18
PDF icon Survey 5-15-18
12/13/2018 - 12:13pm
Heath Street 34 ZBA 2018-176 Jan 23, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 12-6-18
PDF icon Plan Set 10-29-18
12/13/2018 - 12:18pm
Garrison Ave 24 ZBA 2018-181 Jan 23, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 12/14/2018 - 4:04pm
Beacon Street 111 ZBA 2018-158 Jan 23, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set - Initial Submission 12/12/2018 - 12:07pm
Beacon Street 115 ZBA 2018-159 Jan 23, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set - Initial Submission 12/12/2018 - 1:01pm
Greenville Street 7-9 ZBA 2018-169 Jan 23, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 11-14-18 12/13/2018 - 10:19am
Craigie Street 52-24 ZBA 2018-177 Jan 23, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 12-6-18 12/13/2018 - 11:31am
Hanson Street 24 ZBA 2018-161 Jan 09, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 10-24-18 11/26/2018 - 2:15pm
Elm Street 36 ZBA 2018-127 Jan 09, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 9-4-18
PDF icon Plan Set 11-25-18
12/13/2018 - 9:47am
Broadway 70 PB 2017-13-R1-11/18 Dec 13, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 10-30-18
PDF icon Accessibility Letter 10-30-18
PDF icon Staff Report 12/10/2018 - 10:00am
Earle Street - revision 2 PB2018-04-R1-1018 Dec 13, 2018 PDF icon previous decision
PDF icon site plan
PDF icon drawing set
PDF icon civil & landscape
PDF icon shadow analysis
PDF icon LEED scorecard
PDF icon transportation access
PDF icon mobility management
PDF icon project narrative
PDF icon staff report 12/10/2018 - 9:05am
Electric Avenue 47 ZBA 2018-160 Dec 12, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 10-31-18 11/26/2018 - 12:11pm
Otis 28 ZBA 2018-145 Dec 12, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set - Initial Submission 12/13/2018 - 7:24pm
Taylor 9 ZBA 2018-144 Dec 12, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set - Initial Submission 12/13/2018 - 7:27pm


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