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
Medford St 345 ZBA 2019-108 Dec 11, 2019 PDF icon Plans 11/04/2019 - 5:03pm
Highland Avenue 20 ZBA 2019-118 Dec 11, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 10-3-19 10/31/2019 - 10:26am
Clarendon Hill 00 ZBA 2019-115 Dec 11, 2019 PDF icon Project Narrative
PDF icon Plan Set 10-7-19
PDF icon Traffic Study 9-19
10/31/2019 - 10:51am
Sanborn Court 9 PB 2019-24 Nov 21, 2019 PDF icon Existing Floor Plan
PDF icon Proposed Floor Plan
PDF icon Cover Letter
11/15/2019 - 10:14am
Broadway 242 ZBA 2019-119 Nov 20, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 11-07-19 PDF icon Staff Report 11/15/2019 - 9:33am
Highland Avenue 371 ZBA 2019-105 Nov 20, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 8-30-19 10/15/2019 - 4:29pm
Henderson Street 22 ZBA 2019-107 Nov 20, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 11-5-19 PDF icon Staff Report 11/15/2019 - 9:48am
Somerville Avenue 453 ZBA 2019-114 Nov 20, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 11-4-19
PDF icon Accessibility Letter 11-14-19
PDF icon Staff Report 11/15/2019 - 9:42am
South Street 45 ZBA 2019-120 Nov 20, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 10-15-19
PDF icon Cover Letter 10-15-19
PDF icon Accessibility Narrative 10-15-19
PDF icon Plan Set 11-14-19
PDF icon Staff Report 11/15/2019 - 9:40am
Dartmouth Street 3 ZBA 2019-112 Nov 20, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 9-23-19
PDF icon Plan Set 11-4-19
PDF icon Staff Report 11/15/2019 - 9:34am
Carlton Street 14 ZBA 2019-83 Nov 06, 2019 PDF icon Plans for 11/6/19 PDF icon Staff Report 11/01/2019 - 11:10am
Carlton Street 15 ZBA 2019-98 Nov 06, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 10-22-19 PDF icon Staff Report 11/01/2019 - 10:12am
Washington 121 ZBA 2019-111 Nov 06, 2019 PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Updated plans
11/04/2019 - 1:40pm
Washington 103 ZBA 2017-53-E1-08-19 Nov 06, 2019 PDF icon Applicant Statement for Extension PDF icon Staff Report 10/28/2019 - 6:39pm
Yorktown Street 110-112 ZBA 2019-106 Nov 06, 2019 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 10-20-19 PDF icon Staff Report 11/08/2019 - 12:01pm

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