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
Broadway 28-44 PB 2019-18 Oct 03, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 7-1-19
PDF icon Plan Set 8-29-19
09/17/2019 - 4:09pm
Broadway 385 ZBA 2019-102 Oct 02, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 9-17-19
PDF icon Accessibility Letter 8-28-19
09/17/2019 - 4:01pm
Elm Street 219-221 ZBA 2019-99 Oct 02, 2019 PDF icon Existing Floor Plan
PDF icon Proposed Floor Plan 8-15-19
PDF icon Accessibility Narrative 8-27-19
09/17/2019 - 4:04pm
Trull Street 57 ZBA 2019-95 Oct 02, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 8-28-19 09/17/2019 - 4:05pm
Dane St 11R ZBA 2019-77 Sep 18, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 08/22/2019 - 9:26pm
Jaques Street 87 ZBA 2019-82 Sep 18, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 7-17-19
PDF icon Plan Set 8-16-19
PDF icon Plan Set 9-3-19
09/03/2019 - 4:06pm
Dane St 7 ZBA 2019-78 Sep 18, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 08/22/2019 - 9:28pm
Irving St 75 ZBA 2019-76 Sep 18, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Staff Report - Revised
09/18/2019 - 12:30pm
Rush Street 23 ZBA 2019-92 Sep 18, 2019 PDF icon Proposed Elevation 9-3-19
PDF icon Plan Set 9-12-19
PDF icon Staff Report 09/13/2019 - 10:05am
Somerville Avenue 471 ZBA 2019-74 Sep 18, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 7-10-19
PDF icon Plan Set 8-8-19
PDF icon Plan Set 8-29-19
PDF icon Staff Report 09/11/2019 - 11:26am
Laurel St 21 ZBA 2019-91 Sep 18, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 09/03/2019 - 6:20pm
Adrian St 2 ZBA 2019-62 Sep 18, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set PDF icon Staff Report 09/10/2019 - 8:59pm
Inner Belt Road 50 ZBA 2019-93 Sep 18, 2019 PDF icon Fence Detail 4-17-15
PDF icon Plan 6-26-19
PDF icon Staff Report 09/11/2019 - 11:26am
Carver St 10-12 ZBA 2019-89 Sep 18, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set PDF icon Staff Report 09/17/2019 - 6:30pm
Eastman Road 21 ZBA 2019-02 Sep 18, 2019 PDF icon Storm Drainage Report 6-13-18
PDF icon Geotech Report 7-12-18
PDF icon Storm Drainage Summary 7-19-18
PDF icon Soil Test Pit 8-26-18
PDF icon Geotech Report 9-5-18
PDF icon Civil Site Plan 9-9-18
PDF icon Erosion Control Plan 9-3-18
PDF icon Recon Wall Calculations 9-10-18
PDF icon Structural Plans 9-10-18
PDF icon Shadow Study 12-26-18
PDF icon Plan Set 12-28-18
PDF icon Plan Set 5-9-19
PDF icon Plan Set 7-17-19
PDF icon Landscape Plan 2-15-19
PDF icon Civil Site Plan 3-13-19
PDF icon Staff Report 09/12/2019 - 3:08pm


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