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
Oak Street 7 ZBA 2019-01 Apr 17, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 1-2-19
PDF icon Accessibility Letter 1-2-19
PDF icon Sustainability
PDF icon Plan Set 3-13-19
03/15/2019 - 9:55am
Reed Court 7 ZBA 2019-13 Apr 03, 2019 PDF icon Site Plans
PDF icon Elevations
PDF icon Staff Report 03/14/2019 - 10:09am
Prospect Street 10-50 PB 2019-02 Mar 21, 2019 PDF icon Subdivision Plan 2-8-19
PDF icon Revised Subdivision Plan 3-13-19
03/14/2019 - 10:54am
Fellsway West 14B ZBA 2019-06 Mar 20, 2019 PDF icon Fellsway West 14B - Plans.pdf PDF icon Staff Report 03/12/2019 - 5:14pm
Beacon Street 292 ZBA 2018-118-R1-2/19 Mar 20, 2019 PDF icon Front Elevation 3-6-19 03/06/2019 - 11:17am
Broadway 898 ZBA 2019-12 Mar 20, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 2-2-19 PDF icon Staff Report 03/14/2019 - 9:48am
Francesca Avenue 41-43 ZBA 2019-07 Mar 20, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 2-26-19
PDF icon Plan Set 3-8-19
PDF icon Staff Report 03/14/2019 - 9:49am
Robinson Street 24-26 ZBA 2019-14 Mar 20, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 1-31-19
PDF icon Plan Set 3-13-19
PDF icon Staff Report 03/14/2019 - 9:47am
Knowlton Street 29 ZBA 2019-09 Mar 20, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set - Initial Submission PDF icon Staff Report 03/15/2019 - 11:37am
Lake 15 ZBA 2018-152 Mar 20, 2019 PDF icon Plans 03/14/2019 - 9:53pm
Powder House Blvd 80 ZBA 2018-82-R1-2-19 Mar 20, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 03/14/2019 - 10:07pm
Murdock Street 17-25 ZBA 2016-129-R1-2/19 Mar 20, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set - Initial Submission PDF icon Staff Memo 03/15/2019 - 11:48am
Lovell Street 11 ZBA 2018-184 Mar 20, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 1-8-19
PDF icon Plan Set 1-17-19
PDF icon Staff Report 03/14/2019 - 9:48am
Broadway 1244 ZBA 2018-135 Mar 06, 2019 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 10-19-18
PDF icon Plan Set 2-11-19
PDF icon Staff Report 03/12/2019 - 12:05pm
Harrison Street 21 ZBA 2019-04 Mar 06, 2019 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 1-3-19 PDF icon Staff Report 03/12/2019 - 12:02pm

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