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 Date Decisions Other Reports Updated datesort ascending
Henderson St 42 ZBA 2018-189 Jul 17, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set PDF icon Staff Report 07/17/2019 - 3:31pm
Summer St 117 ZBA 2017-65 Aug 07, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 07/16/2019 - 4:36pm
Prospect Street 10-50 (Civic Plaza) PB 2019-05 Jun 20, 2019 PDF icon Zoning Compliance 4-30-19
PDF icon Environmental Analysis 4-30-19
PDF icon Plan Set 4-30-19
PDF icon Project Narrative 4-30-19
PDF icon Abramson Memo 5-15-19
PDF icon Planning Director Memo 6-6-19
PDF icon US2 Presentation 6.13.19
PDF icon Updated Plan Sheets 7-1-19
PDF icon US2 Presentation 7-11-19
07/12/2019 - 11:32am
Prospect Street 10 (D2.1) PB 2019-04 Apr 04, 2019 PDF icon Zoning Compliance (initial submittal)
PDF icon Environmental Analysis (initial submittal)
PDF icon Mobility Management Plan (initial submittal)
PDF icon Plan Set (initial submittal)
PDF icon Transportation Access Plan (initial submittal)
PDF icon Zoning Compliance (revised 3-26-19 submittal)
PDF icon Plan Set (revised 3-26-19 submittal)
PDF icon Transportation Access Plan (revised 3-26-19 submittal)
PDF icon Project Narrative
PDF icon Anticipated Schedule
PDF icon Abramson Memo 5-15-19
PDF icon Planning Director Memo 6-6-19
PDF icon US2 Presentation 6.13.19
PDF icon Resiliency Supplement 6-18-19
PDF icon Final Mobility Management Plan Decision
PDF icon Facade Updates 7-2-19
PDF icon US2 Planning Board Update 7-11-19
PDF icon Preliminary Staff Report
PDF icon Staff Report
07/12/2019 - 11:29am
Hudson Street 156 ZBA 2019-36 Jun 05, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 5-9-19
PDF icon Shadow Studies 6-10-19
PDF icon Plan Set 6-17-19
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Updated Staff Report
07/12/2019 - 10:31am
Myrtle Street 54 ZBA 2019-53 Jul 17, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 5-16-19 PDF icon Staff Report 07/12/2019 - 10:31am
Oak Street 7 ZBA 2019-01 Jul 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
PDF icon Plan Set 5-24-19
PDF icon Staff Report 07/12/2019 - 10:30am
Rossmore Street 11 ZBA 2019-41 Jul 17, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 4-17-19
PDF icon Plan Set 6-27-19
PDF icon Staff Report 07/12/2019 - 10:30am
Summer Street 36-38 ZBA 2019-56 Jul 17, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 5-30-19
PDF icon Accessibility Letter 5-12-19
PDF icon Staff Report 07/12/2019 - 10:29am
Rush St 20-24 ZBA 2016-140-R1-5-2019 Jul 17, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set PDF icon Staff Memorandum 07/11/2019 - 5:00pm
Ivaloo St 25 ZBA 2019-66 Jul 17, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set PDF icon Staff Memorandum 07/10/2019 - 6:23pm
Broadway 114-120 PB 2019-13 May 16, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set PDF icon Staff Report 07/10/2019 - 4:25pm
Prospect Street 50 (D2.3) PB 2019-07 Jun 20, 2019 PDF icon Zoning Compliance 4-30-19
PDF icon Environmental Analysis 4-30-19
PDF icon Mobility Management Plan 4-30-19
PDF icon Plan Set 4-30-19
PDF icon Transportation Access Plan 4-30-19
PDF icon Project Narrative 4-30-19
PDF icon Anticipated Schedule
PDF icon Abramson Memo 5-15-19
PDF icon Planning Director Memo 6-6-19
PDF icon US2 Presentation 6.13.19
PDF icon D2.2 and D2.3 Resiliency Supplement 6-26-19
PDF icon Mobility Management Plan (revised) 7-3-19
PDF icon Staff Report 07/09/2019 - 9:36am
Prospect Street 20 (D2.2) PB 2019-06 Jun 20, 2019 PDF icon Zoning Compliance 4-30-19
PDF icon Environmental Analysis 4-30-19
PDF icon Mobility Management Plan 4-30-19
PDF icon Plan Set 4-30-19
PDF icon Transportation Access Plan 4-30-19
PDF icon Project Narrative 4-30-19
PDF icon Anticipated Schedule
PDF icon Abramson Memo 5-15-19
PDF icon Planning Director Memo 6-6-19
PDF icon US2 Presentation 6.13.19
PDF icon D2.2 and D2.3 Resiliency Supplement 6-26-19
PDF icon Mobility Management Plan (revised) 7-3-19
PDF icon Staff Report 07/09/2019 - 9:35am
Prospect Street 10-50 (Alley) PB 2019-03 Apr 04, 2019 PDF icon Thoroughfare Plan Set 2-13-19
PDF icon Thoroughfare Plan Set 4-16-19
PDF icon Abramson Memo 5-15-19
PDF icon Planning Director Memo 6-6-19
PDF icon Staff Report 07/09/2019 - 9:35am

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