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
Oliver St 38 ZBA 2017-41 Nov 03, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans Nov 8 2017
PDF icon Oliver St 38 - Plot Plan.pdf
PDF icon Staff Report Nov 8 2017 08/07/2018 - 12:55pm
Whipple Street 8 ZBA 2017-96 Oct 18, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 10-30-17 PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 12:54pm
George Street 11 ZBA 2017-85 Oct 18, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 9-7-17
PDF icon Plot Plan 5-29-11
PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 12:53pm
Billingham Street 22 ZBA 2017-79 Sep 06, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 8-17-17 PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Updated Staff Report
08/07/2018 - 12:53pm
Moreland 35 ZBA 2015-78-E1-9/2017 Oct 18, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Moreland St 35 - Staff Report - ZBA 2015-78-E1-9-2017 Time Extension-COMBINED FILES.pdf 08/07/2018 - 12:53pm
Pearson Avenue 103 ZBA 2017-104 Oct 18, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 9-11-17
PDF icon Plan Set 10-11-17
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Updated Staff Report
08/07/2018 - 12:52pm
Assembly Row 400-499 PB 2014-34-R3-0917 Oct 19, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Drawing set PDF icon Staff report 08/07/2018 - 12:52pm
Wilton Street 9 ZBA 2017-97 Oct 18, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 9-12-17 PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 12:14pm
Cedar Street 74 ZBA 2017-99 Oct 18, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 8-17-17 PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 12:14pm
Carlton St 20 ZBA 2017-98 Oct 18, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Carlton St 20 Existing and Proposed Plans.pdf PDF icon Carlton St 20 - Staff Report.pdf 08/07/2018 - 12:14pm
Line Street 88 ZBA 2017-73 Oct 18, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 7-20-17
PDF icon Compiled Plan Set 10-12-17
PDF icon 3D Sun Study 10-12-17
PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 12:14pm
Henderson Street 21 ZBA 2017-66 Aug 02, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 6-21-17
PDF icon Plot Plan 5-5-17
PDF icon Plan Set 7-28-17
PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 12:13pm
Pinckney 13 ZBA 2017-63 Sep 06, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon application
PDF icon sketch layout
PDF icon certificate of occupancy
PDF icon Staff Report 10-4-17 08/07/2018 - 12:13pm
Elm Street 245 ZBA 2018-73 Aug 08, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 3-16-18 08/07/2018 - 12:11pm
Boston Ave 23-25 ZBA 2017-100 Dec 13, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Boston Ave 23-25 - Plan Set.pdf PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 8:59am

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