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
Cross Street 20 R ZBA 2017-127 Jan 31, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 11-3-17 PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 8:54am
Flint St 42 ZBA 2017-121 Jan 31, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set
PDF icon Plot Plan
PDF icon Staff Report for Jan 31 2018 08/07/2018 - 8:54am
Broadway 192 PB 2017-28 Dec 14, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Signage 11-22-17
PDF icon Photo of sign
PDF icon Signage 2-6-18
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Updated Staff Report
08/07/2018 - 8:53am
Ward St 10-12 ZBA 2017-122 Jan 17, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Ward St 10-12 - Plan Set for January 17, 2017 PDF icon Ward St 10-12 - Staff Report.pdf 08/07/2018 - 8:53am
Moreland Street 94 ZBA 2018-09 Feb 14, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 1-11-18 PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 8:51am
Avon Street 28 ZBA 2018-01 Feb 14, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 12-27-17
PDF icon Plan Set 1-15-18
PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 8:51am
Appleton Street 8-10 ZBA 2017-120 Dec 13, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 10-11-17 PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 8:51am
Broadway 118-120 PB2016-16 Oct 06, 2016 PDF icon Decision PDF icon drawing set PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 8:51am
North Street 200 ZBA 2017-125 Jan 03, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 11-24-17
PDF icon Plan Set 1-30-18
PDF icon 3D Rendering
PDF icon Plan Set 2-28-18
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Updated Staff Report
08/07/2018 - 8:50am
Highland Avenue 160 ZBA 2018-15 Mar 07, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 12-12-17 PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 8:49am
Highland Avenue 314-318 ZBA 2017-111 Jan 17, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Awning Rendering PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Updated Staff Report
08/07/2018 - 8:49am
Royce Place 3 ZBA 2017-74 Nov 08, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 10-18-17 PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Updated Staff Report
08/07/2018 - 8:49am
Irvington Road 31 ZBA2018-12 Mar 07, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon drawing set
PDF icon photographs
PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 8:48am
McGrath Highway 51 ZBA 2017-46 Jul 12, 2017 PDF icon Plan Set 6-19-17
PDF icon Plan Set 10-4-17
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Updated Staff Report
PDF icon 2nd Updated Staff Report
08/07/2018 - 8:48am
Broadway 114 PB 2017-29 Mar 08, 2018 PDF icon drawing set
PDF icon revised design drawing set
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Staff Report - updated & corrected
PDF icon Memo to Planning Board
08/07/2018 - 8:47am

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