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
Somerville Ave 391-395 ZBA 2019-37 May 15, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 04/02/2019 - 6:01pm
Cameron Avenue 48 ZBA 2019-30 May 01, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 2-27-19
PDF icon Plan Set 3-9-19
PDF icon Plan Set 4-3-19
PDF icon Plan Set 4-4-19
04/11/2019 - 11:25am
Upland Road 56-58 ZBA 2019-32 May 01, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 12-19-18
PDF icon Plan Set 4-10-19
04/11/2019 - 11:27am
Broadway 102-104 PB 2019-12 Apr 18, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 3-6-19 PDF icon Staff Report 04/17/2019 - 5:47pm
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
Tremont St 169 ZBA 2019-17 Apr 17, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 03/26/2019 - 7:46pm
Henderson St 42 ZBA 2018-189 Apr 17, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 04/08/2019 - 1:26pm
Park Street 44 ZBA 2019-23 Apr 17, 2019 PDF icon De Minimis Approval from 2011
PDF icon Drainage Report
PDF icon Pervious Surface Analysis
PDF icon Project Cost Estimate
04/09/2019 - 1:32pm
Victoria Street 43 ZBA 2019-20 Apr 17, 2019 PDF icon Plans 04/09/2019 - 1:50pm
Line Street and Cooney Street 88-90 and 18 ZBA 2017-73-R1-3/19 Apr 17, 2019 PDF icon Basement Plan 3-13-19 PDF icon Staff Report 04/10/2019 - 9:06am
Winslow Ave 74 ZBA 2019-11 Apr 17, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 04/08/2019 - 12:28pm
Prospect Street 10 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 Preliminary Staff Report 04/17/2019 - 5:26pm
Prospect Street 10-50 PB 2019-03 Apr 04, 2019 PDF icon Thoroughfare Plan Set 2-13-19
PDF icon Thoroughfare Plan Set 4-16-19
04/17/2019 - 5:33pm
Meacham Rd 54 ZBA 2019-22 Apr 03, 2019 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set PDF icon Staff Report 04/18/2019 - 9:53am
Franklin St 84 ZBA 2017-50-R1-08-18 Apr 03, 2019 PDF icon Staff Report 03/28/2019 - 8:03pm


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