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
Kensington Ave 6 PB 2012-12 Aug 02, 2012 PDF icon KensingtonAve6.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 08/29/2012 - 12:47pm
Broadway 331-333 PB 2012-11 Aug 02, 2012 PDF icon Broadway331-333.pdf PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Photo Sims
PDF icon Sheet A-1, revised
PDF icon Staff Report 08/29/2012 - 12:45pm
Assembly Row Block 4 4 PB 2011-15-R1 (7/2012) Aug 02, 2012 PDF icon ASQBlock4(Combined).pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Updated Staff Report
06/25/2014 - 4:29pm
Assembly Row Block 5 5 PB 2012-13 Aug 02, 2012 PDF icon ASQBlocks5(Combined).pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 10.02.12 06/25/2014 - 4:30pm
Assembly Row Block 6 6 PB 2012-14 Aug 02, 2012 PDF icon ASQBlocks6(Combined).pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 06/25/2014 - 4:30pm
Wallace St 30 ZBA 2012-56 Aug 01, 2012 PDF icon WallaceSt30.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 01/03/2013 - 10:04am
Hinckley St 32 ZBA 2012-58 Aug 01, 2012 PDF icon HinckleySt32.pdf PDF icon Plans 11/19/2013 - 10:25am
Central St 119 ZBA 2012-48 Jul 11, 2012 PDF icon CentralSt119.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 08/29/2012 - 12:46pm
Highland Ave 129-129R ZBA 2012-45 Jul 11, 2012 PDF icon HighlandAve129-129R.pdf PDF icon Plans 6-26-12
PDF icon Plans 7-25-12
PDF icon Plans 8-28-12
PDF icon Plans 9-27-12
PDF icon Staff Report 10/26/2012 - 9:07am
Franklin Street 22 ZBA 2012-52 Jul 11, 2012 PDF icon FranklinSt22 _Denied_.pdf PDF icon Plot Plan
PDF icon Site Plans
PDF icon Staff Report 08/29/2012 - 12:47pm
Davis Square 49 ZBA 2012-16 Jul 11, 2012 PDF icon DavisSq49.pdf PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Photo Simulations
PDF icon Staff Report 08/02/2012 - 11:55am
Elm Street 258 ZBA 2012-54 Jul 11, 2012 PDF icon ElmSt258.pdf PDF icon Site & Locus Plans PDF icon Staff Report 08/02/2012 - 11:53am
McGrath Hwy 844 PB 2012-10 Jul 11, 2012 PDF icon McGrathHwy844.pdf PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Photo Simulations
PDF icon Staff Report 08/29/2012 - 12:44pm
Broadway 342 PB 2012-09 Jul 11, 2012 PDF icon Broadway342.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 08/02/2012 - 12:00pm
College Ave 30 ZBA 2007-29-R1-6/2012 Jul 11, 2012 PDF icon CollegeAve30.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 08/02/2012 - 11:55am

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