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
Bradley 14 ZBA 2017-68 Sep 06, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Bradley St 14 - Final Combined Plans & 3D Renderings.pdf
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Bradley 14 - Staff Report - Updated.pdf
08/06/2018 - 12:14pm
Cherry Street 21 ZBA 2016-25 May 17, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Final Plan Set PDF icon Staff Report 08/06/2018 - 12:14pm
Summer Street 343, 345, 349, and 351 ZBA 2017-81 Aug 16, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Original ZBA Decision 12-07-2011
PDF icon Approved Plans 12-07-2011
PDF icon Superior Court Decision 12-09-2015
PDF icon Staff Report 08/06/2018 - 12:14pm
Orchard Street 131 ZBA 2017-48 Aug 02, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 6-19-17
PDF icon Plan Set 7-10-17
PDF icon Plan Set 8-9-17
PDF icon Staff Report 08/06/2018 - 12:14pm
Mystic Ave 654 PB 2017-18 Aug 17, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon FINAL 654 Mystic Schematic Plans Revised 5. 18 17.pdf PDF icon Mystic Ave 654 -Staff Report - August 17 2017-3.pdf 08/06/2018 - 12:13pm
Broadway 70 PB 2017-13 Jun 22, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 5-4-17
PDF icon Plan Set 6-12-17
PDF icon Plan Set 7-17-17
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Updated Staff Report 7-26-17
08/06/2018 - 12:13pm
Alpine 13 ZBA 2016-75 Jul 12, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Updated plans PDF icon Updated staff report 08/06/2018 - 12:12pm
Linden Place 10 ZBA 2016-152 Apr 05, 2017 PDF icon Decision 08/06/2018 - 12:11pm
Elm Street 245 ZBA 2017-02 Feb 01, 2017 PDF icon Decision (WWOP) 08/06/2018 - 12:11pm
Richardson Street 9 ZBA 2017-16 Apr 05, 2017 PDF icon Decision 08/06/2018 - 12:09pm
College Hill Road 15 ZBA 2017-21 Apr 19, 2017 PDF icon Decision 08/06/2018 - 12:08pm
College Hill Road 12 ZBA 2017-22 Apr 19, 2017 PDF icon Decision 08/06/2018 - 12:08pm
Berkeley Street 59 ZBA 2016-83-R1-0317 Apr 19, 2017 PDF icon Decision 08/06/2018 - 12:07pm
Somerville Avenue 337 ZBA 2016-116-R1-0317 Apr 19, 2017 PDF icon Decision 08/06/2018 - 12:07pm
Somerville Avenue 337 ZBA 2016-09-R1-0317 Aug 09, 2017 PDF icon Decision 08/06/2018 - 12:07pm

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