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
Broadway 105 PB2018-11 Jun 21, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon plan set PDF icon Staff Report 08/02/2018 - 6:31pm
Smith Ave 10 ZBA 2018-62 Jun 20, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan set for 6-20-2018 PDF icon Staff Report 08/02/2018 - 6:29pm
Mt. Vernon St 74 ZBA 2017-89 Jun 20, 2018 PDF icon Decision (WWOP) PDF icon Plans for 6-20-2018 PDF icon Staff Report 08/13/2018 - 9:44am
Berkeley 22 ZBA 2018-54 Jun 20, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plot Plan PDF icon Staff Report 07/23/2018 - 2:23pm
Rush St 75 ZBA 2018-66 Jun 20, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set for 6-20-2018 PDF icon Staff Report 08/02/2018 - 6:28pm
Harvard 40 ZBA 2018-36 Jun 20, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set for June 6 2018 PDF icon Staff Report 08/22/2018 - 5:30pm
Cedar Street 165 ZBA 2018-32 Jun 20, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 4-11-18
PDF icon Accessibility Letter 3-2-18
PDF icon Plan Set 6-5-18
PDF icon Soil Report 6-1-18
PDF icon Plan Set 6-12-18
PDF icon Plan Set 6-14-18
PDF icon Staff Report 08/02/2018 - 6:32pm
Beacon Street 285-291 ZBA 2018-63 Jun 20, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 5-2-18
PDF icon Plan Set 6-14-18
PDF icon Staff Report 08/02/2018 - 6:32pm
Inner Belt Road 70 ZBA 2018-74 Jun 20, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 5-29-18 PDF icon Staff Report 08/02/2018 - 6:31pm
Myrtle Street 41 ZBA 2018-65 Jun 20, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 1-23-18 PDF icon Staff Report 08/02/2018 - 6:32pm
Mt. Pleasant Street 24 & 28 ZBA 2017-11 Jun 20, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 1-13-17
PDF icon Plan Set 10-20-17
PDF icon Plan Set 7-10-18
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Updated Staff Report
07/23/2018 - 2:21pm
Raymond Avenue 93 ZBA 2018-56 Jun 20, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 5-16-18
PDF icon Plan Set 5-31-18
PDF icon Staff Report 08/02/2018 - 6:32pm
Newbury 22 ZBA 2018-67 Jun 20, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set
PDF icon Plot Plan
PDF icon Staff Report 08/02/2018 - 6:28pm
Holland St 134 ZBA 2018-48 Jun 20, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Holland St 134 - Plans and Elevations.pdf PDF icon Holland St 134 - Staff Report.pdf 08/02/2018 - 6:28pm
Broadway 176-182 ZBA 2018-79 Jun 20, 2018 PDF icon Decision (WWOP)
PDF icon Memo
08/02/2018 - 6:29pm

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