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
Concord Ave 69 ZBA 2017-108 Dec 13, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Concord Ave 69 - Updated plans rec'd 12-7-2017.pdf PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 8:58am
NorthPoint Open Space EF/G PB 2017-24 Dec 14, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon drawing set
PDF icon application package
PDF icon revised application package - 12.05.17
PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 8:58am
Assembly Row 400-499 PB2014-34-R4 (9/2017) Dec 14, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon staff report 08/07/2018 - 8:58am
Union Square CDSP PB 2017-21 Nov 20, 2017 PDF icon CDSP decision PDF icon Revised: USQ CDSP Application
PDF icon Revised: Appendix 1 – Applicant Info
PDF icon Revised: Appendix 3 – Civic Space
PDF icon Appendix 4 – T.I.S. & Mobility
PDF icon Revised: Lot & Block Plans
PDF icon Revised: Thoroughfare Plans
PDF icon Revised: Utility Exhibits
PDF icon Revised: Appendix 2 - Neighborhood Mtg
PDF icon Preliminary Staff Report - prior to testimony
PDF icon mobility management memo
PDF icon Memo in response to 11/20/17 questions
08/07/2018 - 8:58am
College Avenue 197 ZBA 2017-112 Jan 03, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 10-5-17 PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 8:57am
Sargent Avenue 55 ZBA 2017-117 Jan 03, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 10-3-17 PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 8:57am
Norwood Avenue 14 ZBA 2017-116 Dec 13, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 11-22-17
PDF icon Plan Set 12-7-17
PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 8:57am
Bartlett Street 90 ZBA 2017-131 Jan 17, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 6-28-17 PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 8:57am
Highland Avenue 370 ZBA 2017-127 Jan 17, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 11-21-17 PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 8:56am
Assembly Row Line Park Building B PB2016-14-R1-11/17 Jan 30, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Elevations & proposed screening PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 8:56am
Somerville Avenue 304 PB 2017-20 Dec 14, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Traffic Study
PDF icon Plan Set 7-31-17
PDF icon Plan Set 9-8-17
PDF icon Renderings 12-21-17
PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 8:56am
Perkins Street 91 ZBA 2017-115 Jan 17, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 1-11-18 PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 8:56am
Crescent St 24 ZBA 2017-113 Jan 17, 2018 PDF icon ZBA Decision PDF icon Plot Plan
PDF icon Plan Set
PDF icon Crescent St 24 - Staff Report.pdf 08/07/2018 - 8:55am
Mystic Ave 654 PB 2018-01 Jan 31, 2018 PDF icon Plans for January 31, 2018
PDF icon Plans for Feb 13, 2018
PDF icon Staff Report for Jan 31 2018
PDF icon Updated Staff Report for Feb 13, 2018
PDF icon 654 Mystic Plans for 2-13-2018 - updated w A020 footnote correction for lot sq.ft_..pdf
08/07/2018 - 8:55am
Linden Place 12 ZBA 2017-129 Jan 31, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon drawing set PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 8:55am

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