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
Everett Avenue 27 ZBA 2018-70 Jul 18, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 5-7-18 PDF icon Staff Report 07/23/2018 - 2:20pm
Somerville Avenue 515 ZBA 2018-44 Jul 18, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 3-9-18 05/21/2018 - 2:14pm
Glen Street 32 ZBA 2018-64 Jul 18, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 4-19-18
PDF icon Plan Set 7-12-18
PDF icon Civil and Landscape 7-16-18
PDF icon Staff Report 07/23/2018 - 2:19pm
Oliver Street 51 ZBA 2018-33 Jul 18, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 5-31-18
PDF icon Plan Set 6-29-18
PDF icon Plan Set 7-25-18
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Updated Staff Report
08/13/2018 - 10:40am
Trull Street 45-47 ZBA 2018-86 Jul 18, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 6-6-18 PDF icon Staff Report 07/23/2018 - 2:20pm
Washington St 265 ZBA 2018-04 Jul 18, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set - January 2018
PDF icon Updated plans for July 18 2018
PDF icon Updated Plans for August 8, 2018
PDF icon Staff Report 08/22/2018 - 5:41pm
Beacon St 104 ZBA 2016-78-R1-6-2018 Jul 18, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans for Remand to ZBA July 18 2018
PDF icon Updated plans for Remand to ZBA 2018
PDF icon Remand
PDF icon Staff Report 09/07/2018 - 10:34am
Robinson St 11 ZBA 2018-07 Jul 18, 2018 PDF icon Decision
PDF icon Memo
PDF icon Plans for July 18 2018 PDF icon Staff Report 07/27/2018 - 11:33am
Kenneson Rd 21 ZBA 2018-76 Jul 18, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans for July 18 2018 PDF icon Kenneson Rd 21 - Staff Report.pdf 07/23/2018 - 2:21pm
Broadway 1252 ZBA 2018-38 Jul 12, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 06/11/2018 - 4:57pm
Broadway 176-182 PB 2017-22 Jun 21, 2018 PDF icon Plans for June 21 2018 Plng Board
PDF icon Updated Plan Set for 6-21-2018
PDF icon Updated Plan Set for Dec 12 2018
PDF icon Staff Report 11/15/2018 - 8:55pm
Broadway 105 PB2018-11 Jun 21, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon plan set PDF icon Staff Report 08/02/2018 - 6:31pm
Smith Ave 10 ZBA 2018-62 Jun 20, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan set for 6-20-2018 PDF icon Staff Report 08/02/2018 - 6:29pm
Mt. Vernon St 74 ZBA 2017-89 Jun 20, 2018 PDF icon Decision (WWOP) PDF icon Plans for 6-20-2018 PDF icon Staff Report 08/13/2018 - 9:44am
Berkeley 22 ZBA 2018-54 Jun 20, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plot Plan PDF icon Staff Report 07/23/2018 - 2:23pm

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