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
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
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 Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 8:46am
Washington Street 75 ZBA 2017-27 Jul 12, 2017 PDF icon plan set
PDF icon Revised plan set
PDF icon HPC review
08/06/2018 - 12:30pm
Sargent Avenue 34 ZBA 2017-93 Sep 27, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 9-12-17
PDF icon Landscape Plan and Specs 10-3-17
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Updated Staff Report
08/06/2018 - 12:29pm
Washington St 263 ZBA 2017-40 Oct 04, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Washington St 263 - Final Plans.pdf PDF icon Washington St 263 - Staff Report.pdf 08/06/2018 - 12:29pm
Washington Street 75 ZBA 2017-27 Aug 16, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 08-03-17 PDF icon Staff Report 08/06/2018 - 12:24pm
Curtis 51 ZBA 2017-72 Sep 06, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon plot plan
PDF icon plans
PDF icon landscape
08/06/2018 - 12:24pm
Lake Street 21 ZBA 2017-69 Aug 02, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 6-15-17
PDF icon Plan Set 8-2-17
PDF icon Existing Floor Plans
PDF icon Plan Set 8-31-17
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Updated Staff Report 8-31-17
08/06/2018 - 12:23pm
Lee St 13 ZBA 2017-78 Sep 06, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 08/06/2018 - 12:23pm
Elm Street 54-56A ZBA 2014-83-E2-08/17 Sep 27, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Extension Letter PDF icon Staff Report 08/06/2018 - 12:23pm
Columbus Avenue 14 ZBA 2017-94 Sep 27, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 8-10-17 PDF icon Staff Report 08/06/2018 - 12:16pm
Walnut Street 21 ZBA 2017-57 Sep 06, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 8-15-17 PDF icon Staff Report 08/06/2018 - 12:16pm
Elm Street 235A ZBA 2017-87 Sep 06, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Proposed Floor Plan
PDF icon Proposed Storefront
PDF icon Staff Report 08/06/2018 - 12:15pm
Irving Street 88 ZBA 2017-56 Aug 02, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 5-23-17
PDF icon Plan Set 7-19-17
PDF icon Plan Set 7-24-17
PDF icon Staff Report 08/06/2018 - 12:15pm

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