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
Highland Ave 311 ZBA 2017-103 Dec 13, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Window letter/sign dimensions PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Updated Staff Report for December 13, 2017
08/07/2018 - 1:17pm
NorthPoint Parcel EF PB 2017-23 Dec 14, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon plan set
PDF icon civil set
PDF icon application package
PDF icon revised application package - 12.05.17
PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 1:17pm
Highland Ave 81 ZBA 2017-101 Oct 18, 2017 PDF icon Variance Decision
PDF icon Special Permit Decision
PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Executive Summary - Parking Study
PDF icon Parking Study
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Parking Variance Memo
08/07/2018 - 1:17pm
Moreland 35 ZBA 2016-78-E1-9/2017 Oct 18, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Moreland St 35 - Staff Report - ZBA 2015-78-E1-9-2017 Time Extension.pdf 08/07/2018 - 1:17pm
Hall Avenue 24 ZBA 2017-102 Nov 08, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 10-19-17 PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 1:16pm
Fremont Street 86 ZBA 2017-106 Nov 29, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 11-21-17 PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 1:16pm
Williams Ct 1 ZBA 2017-82 Nov 08, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans - for Nov 8, 2017
PDF icon Plot Plan
PDF icon Updated Plans for Nov. 29 2017
PDF icon Staff Report for Nov 8, 2017
PDF icon Updated Staff Report for Nov 29, 2017
08/07/2018 - 1:16pm
Lexington Avenue 17 ZBA 2017-114 Dec 13, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 11-27-17 PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 1:16pm
Sacramento Street 81 ZBA 2017-25-R1-9/2017 Oct 18, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 10-12-17
PDF icon Plan Set 11-15-17
PDF icon Staff Report 10-18-17
PDF icon Staff Report 11-29-17
08/07/2018 - 1:16pm
Willow Avenue 82 ZBA 2017-30 Oct 18, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 8-16-17
PDF icon Survey Plan
PDF icon Landscape Plan 10-12-17
PDF icon Plan Set 11-2-17
PDF icon First Floor Plan 11-16-17
PDF icon Staff Report 10-18-17
PDF icon Updated Staff Report 11-8-17
PDF icon Updated Staff Report 11-29-17
08/07/2018 - 1:15pm
Cherry Street 21 ZBA 2017-105 Nov 08, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 1:15pm
Linwood 161 ZBA 2015-49-R1-0717 Oct 18, 2017 PDF icon Decision
PDF icon Memo
PDF icon Linwood St 161 - Staff Memo for 10-18-2017 ZBA hearing COMBINED FILES 1.pdf 08/07/2018 - 1:15pm
Dane St 35 ZBA 2017-84 Oct 18, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Dane St 35 - Accessibility narrative.pdf
PDF icon Dane St 35 - Updated Plans.pdf
PDF icon Dane St 35 - Staff Report.pdf 08/07/2018 - 12:56pm
Broadway 906-908 ZBA 2015-32-E1-10/17 Nov 08, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Broadway 906-908 - Staff Report - ZBA 2015-32-E1-10-2017 Time Extension.pdf 08/07/2018 - 12:55pm
Cedar St 49 ZBA 2017-92 Oct 18, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set Oct 18 2017
PDF icon Proposed Elevations Nov 8 2017
PDF icon Proposed Floor Plan Nov 8 2017
PDF icon Landscape Plan Nov 8 2017
PDF icon Plot Plan
PDF icon Cedar St 49 - Staff Report.pdf
PDF icon Cedar St 49 - Staff Report-UPDATED.pdf
08/07/2018 - 12:55pm

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