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
Moreland Street 74 ZBA 2018-128 Nov 28, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 9-11-18 11/07/2018 - 4:19pm
Spring Hill Terrace 7 ZBA 2018-153 Nov 28, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 11-7-18
PDF icon Survey 9-25-18
11/08/2018 - 3:50pm
Murdock Street 50-54 ZBA 2018-19 Nov 28, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 12-29-17
PDF icon Accessibility Letter 12-26-17
PDF icon Drainage Report 12-19-17
PDF icon Plan Set 7-17-18
PDF icon Plan Set 9-7-18
PDF icon Plan Set 11-8-18
11/08/2018 - 6:52pm
Windsor Rd 38-40 ZBA 2018-133 Nov 28, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 11/15/2018 - 8:45pm
Broadway 112 PB 2016-11-R1-10/18 Nov 08, 2018 PDF icon Staff Report 11/02/2018 - 9:02am
Dawes Street (Cambridge Crossing/NorthPoint Parcel EF) 250 PB2017-23-MA1-0818 Nov 08, 2018 PDF icon plan set PDF icon staff report 11/05/2018 - 9:18am
Cambridge Crossing (formerly NorthPoint) Neighborhood Development Plan PB 2014-29-MA3-0818 Nov 08, 2018 PDF icon application
PDF icon PB presentation
PDF icon staff report 11/13/2018 - 9:21am
Somerville Avenue 311 PB2018-16 Nov 08, 2018 PDF icon plan set PDF icon staff report 11/05/2018 - 9:12am
Mossland St 15 ZBA 2018-124 Nov 07, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 09/17/2018 - 4:29pm
Franklin Street 30 ZBA 2018-126 Nov 07, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 10-2-18
PDF icon Plan Set 10-8-18
PDF icon Plan Set 11-2-18
PDF icon Staff Report 11/02/2018 - 11:50am
Alpine 81-83 ZBA 2018-141 Nov 07, 2018 PDF icon Existing Conditions
PDF icon ADA
PDF icon SP
PDF icon SP app
10/23/2018 - 10:59am
Beacon Street 292-294 ZBA 2018-118 Nov 07, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 10-2-18 PDF icon Staff Report 11/02/2018 - 11:59am
Linwood Street 161 ZBA 2015-49-R2-10/18 Nov 07, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 8-21-18 PDF icon Staff Report 11/02/2018 - 12:00pm
Village Terrace 2 ZBA 2018-132 Nov 07, 2018 PDF icon Plans (10.23.18) PDF icon Staff Report 11/07/2018 - 9:14am
Spring Street 34 ZBA 2018-119 Oct 24, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 10-02-18 PDF icon Staff Report 10/30/2018 - 11:54am


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