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
Weston Avenue 15 ZBA 2012-96 Dec 12, 2012 PDF icon WestonAve15_#2012-96_.pdf PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Photo Simulations
PDF icon Staff Report 01/03/2013 - 10:07am
Fellsway West 100 ZBA 2012-57 Dec 12, 2012 PDF icon Structural Evaluation Report
PDF icon Peer Review of Structural Evaluation Report
02/23/2015 - 9:38am
College Avenue 27 ZBA 2012-97 Dec 12, 2012 PDF icon CollegeAve27_#2012-97_.pdf PDF icon Photo Simulatons
PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Staff Report 01/03/2013 - 10:07am
Washington St 255 PB 2012-20 Nov 29, 2012 PDF icon WashingtonSt255.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 01/03/2013 - 10:09am
Holland St 231-233 ZBA 2012-98 Nov 28, 2012 PDF icon HollandSt231-233.pdf PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Plans 12.12.12
PDF icon Staff Report 12.6.12
PDF icon Staff Report 1.3.13
03/29/2013 - 11:37am
Broadway 761 ZBA 2012-92 Nov 28, 2012 PDF icon Broadway761.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Memo 1.3.13
03/29/2013 - 11:28am
Somerville Ave 765 ZBA 2012-93 Nov 28, 2012 PDF icon SomervilleAve765.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Memo 1.3.13
03/29/2013 - 11:42am
Webster Ave 47 PB 2012-19 Nov 08, 2012 PDF icon WebsterAve47.pdf PDF icon Plans 10-22-12
PDF icon Phase I ESA Review
PDF icon Plans 10-26-12
PDF icon Staff Report 01/03/2013 - 10:08am
Broadway 862 ZBA 2012-86 Nov 07, 2012 PDF icon Broadway862.pdf PDF icon plans PDF icon Staff Report 01/03/2013 - 10:12am
Dane 24-28 ZBA 2012-85 Nov 07, 2012 PDF icon DaneSt24-28.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 01/03/2013 - 10:11am
Hudson St 146 ZBA 2012-76 Oct 17, 2012 PDF icon HudsonSt146.pdf PDF icon Plans
PDF icon DRC 9-27-12
PDF icon Staff Report 01/03/2013 - 10:10am
Summer St 252 ZBA 2012-79 Oct 17, 2012 PDF icon SummerSt252.pdf PDF icon Plot Plan
PDF icon Site Plans
PDF icon Staff Report 10/26/2012 - 9:07am
Willow Ave 221 ZBA 2012-82 Oct 17, 2012 PDF icon WillowAve221_#2012-82_.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 10/26/2012 - 9:08am
Elm St /aka Summer St 219-221 / 387-391 ZBA 2012-83 Oct 17, 2012 PDF icon ElmSt219-221.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 10/26/2012 - 9:09am
Village St 23-25-27 ZBA 2012-80 Oct 17, 2012 PDF icon VillageSt23-25-27.pdf PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Recommendations and ASTM Conclusions
PDF icon Environmental Report
PDF icon Letter to MA DEP #1
PDF icon Letter to MA DEP #2
PDF icon Staff Report 10/26/2012 - 9:08am

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