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
School Street 76 ZBA 2018-103 Sep 05, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 7-26-18
PDF icon Accessibility Narrative 7-26-18
PDF icon Staff Report 09/12/2018 - 9:26am
Greene Street 5 ZBA 2018-104 Sep 05, 2018 PDF icon GreeneSt5.pdf PDF icon Plan Set 8-2-18
PDF icon Plan Set 9-11-18
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Updated Staff Report
09/27/2018 - 2:51pm
Fremont St 17 ZBA 2018-61 Sep 05, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set - Initial Submission
PDF icon Plan Set for 9-5-2018
PDF icon Staff Report 11/14/2018 - 3:02pm
Highland Ave 124 ZBA 2018-93 Aug 22, 2018 PDF icon Plans July 2018 07/31/2018 - 4:43pm
Laurel Street 46 ZBA 2018-98 Aug 22, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 6-29-18
PDF icon Accessibility Narrative 7-2-18
PDF icon Staff Report 08/30/2018 - 11:50am
Highland Avenue 144 ZBA 2018-97 Aug 22, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 6-29-18
PDF icon Plan Set 11-07-18
PDF icon Staff Report 12/19/2018 - 11:52am
Dane Street 54 ZBA 2018-85 Aug 22, 2018 PDF icon DaneSt54.pdf PDF icon Plan Set 6-12-18
PDF icon Plans 9-5-18
PDF icon Plans 9-12-18
PDF icon Staff Report 09/27/2018 - 2:55pm
Ware Street 8-10 ZBA 2018-80 Aug 22, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 6-13-18 PDF icon Staff Report 08/30/2018 - 11:49am
Lowell Street 125 ZBA 2018-89 Aug 22, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon initial drawing set
PDF icon revised drawing set
PDF icon transportation fact sheet
PDF icon stormwater report
PDF icon staff report
PDF icon revised staff report
PDF icon Planning Board presentation
10/16/2018 - 3:49pm
Avon St 12 ZBA 2018-96 Aug 22, 2018 PDF icon Decision (WWOP) PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Plans - Updated for Aug 22, 2018
PDF icon Staff Report 09/04/2018 - 3:19pm
Medford Street 448 ZBA 2018-91 Aug 08, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 01-25-18 PDF icon Staff Report 08/13/2018 - 9:45am
Pearl St 14 ZBA 2018-23 Aug 08, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans for August 18 2018 PDF icon Staff Report 09/12/2018 - 9:26am
Kent St 45 ZBA 2017-90 Aug 08, 2018 PDF icon Plans 08/29/2018 - 7:29pm
Quincy Street 12 ZBA 2018-90 Aug 08, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Deck Plan 2-2-18
PDF icon Plot Plan 5-14-18
PDF icon Deck Plan 11-16-18
PDF icon Plot Plan 11-28-18
PDF icon Staff Report 8-8-18
PDF icon Updated Staff Report 9-5-18
PDF icon 2nd Updated Staff Report 12-12-18
12/19/2018 - 12:09pm
Rush Street 23 ZBA 2018-92 Aug 08, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 1-25-12 PDF icon Staff Report 08/13/2018 - 9:51am

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