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
Windsor Road 5 ZBA 2018-114 Oct 03, 2018 PDF icon 5 Windsor Road.pdf PDF icon Plan Set 8-14-18
PDF icon Plot Plan 4-17-18
PDF icon Staff Report 11/06/2018 - 9:23am
Hillside Park 7 ZBA 2018-115 Oct 03, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 8-29-18 PDF icon Staff Report 12/03/2018 - 3:32pm
Chestnut Street 28 ZBA 2018-100 Oct 03, 2018 PDF icon parking study
PDF icon drawing set
PDF icon environmental report
PDF icon updated parking memo
PDF icon staff report
PDF icon revised report
11/20/2018 - 2:47pm
Illinois Ave 15-17 ZBA 2018-110 Oct 03, 2018 PDF icon 15 - 17 Illinois Avenue.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 10/17/2018 - 10:52am
Fitchburg Street 28 ZBA 2018-99 Oct 03, 2018 PDF icon drawing set
PDF icon parking study
PDF icon environmental report
PDF icon sample schematic elevations - later application
PDF icon updated parking memo
PDF icon staff report
PDF icon revised report
11/20/2018 - 2:49pm
Cameron Ave 45 ZBA 2016-81-R1-(08/18) Oct 03, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Staff Report 12/06/2018 - 9:43am
Fiske Ave 11 ZBA 2018-109 Oct 03, 2018 PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Memorandum 10/01/2018 - 3:09pm
Bay State Ave 11 ZBA 2018-101 Oct 03, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 10/31/2018 - 3:52pm
Elmwood St 41-3 ZBA 2018-123 Oct 03, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 10/23/2018 - 11:36am
Summer Street 343, 345, 349, & 351 ZBA 2011-54 Sep 20, 2018 PDF icon Staff Report 09/20/2018 - 7:27pm
Lexington Ave 24 ZBA 2016-20 Sep 20, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 09/20/2018 - 12:32pm
Medford Street 466 ZBA 2017-08 Sep 20, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans 09/20/2018 - 2:25pm
Hawthorne Street 28 ZBA 2016-142 Sep 19, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans 09/19/2018 - 12:08pm
Dane Ave 15 ZBA 2015-97 Sep 18, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 09/18/2018 - 1:26pm
Munroe St 1 ZBA 2018-88 Sep 17, 2018 PDF icon Decision WWOP PDF icon Plan Set PDF icon Staff Report 09/26/2018 - 1:03pm

Pages

Subscribe to Reports and Decisions