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
Broadway 46 PB 2017-07 May 04, 2017 PDF icon Broadway46.pdf 08/06/2018 - 12:04pm
Cedar Avenue 14 ZBA 2017-29 May 03, 2017 PDF icon Decision 08/06/2018 - 12:04pm
Banks Street 37 ZBA 2017-27 May 17, 2017 PDF icon Decision 08/06/2018 - 12:03pm
Porter Street 31 ZBA 2016-119 Nov 16, 2016 PDF icon Decision (WWOP) 08/06/2018 - 12:03pm
College Avenue 118-124 PB 2016-51 Apr 20, 2017 PDF icon Decision (WWOP) 08/06/2018 - 12:03pm
Linden Avenue 22 ZBA 2017-33 Jun 07, 2017 PDF icon Decision 08/06/2018 - 12:02pm
Gilman Street 85-87 ZBA 2017-26 May 17, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Proposed Plan Set
PDF icon Proposed Location Plan
PDF icon Proposed Plan Set 6-14-17
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Updated Staff Report 6-15-17
PDF icon GilmanSt85-87.pdf
08/06/2018 - 12:02pm
Somerville Avenue 321 PB 2017-08 May 04, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Riverdog_Facade_3-30-17 PDF icon Staff Report 08/06/2018 - 12:00pm
Washington Street 120 ZBA 2017-35 Jun 07, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 6-1-17 PDF icon Staff Report 08/06/2018 - 11:59am
Central Street 51 ZBA 2017-36 Jun 07, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan set 08/06/2018 - 11:59am
Highland Avenue 275A ZBA 2017-28 May 03, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 4-14-17
PDF icon Plan Set 6-1-17
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Updated Staff Report 6-1-17
08/06/2018 - 11:59am
Somerville Avenue 335 PB 2017-10 Jun 08, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Facade Renovations PDF icon Staff Report 08/06/2018 - 11:58am
Elm Street 240 ZBA 2016-143-R1-05/17 Jun 21, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Previously Approved Basement Plan
PDF icon Proposed Revision to Basement Plan
PDF icon Staff Report 08/06/2018 - 11:58am
Dane Street 34 & 38 ZBA 2017-31 Jun 07, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 4-11-17
PDF icon Parking Memo
PDF icon Stormwater Report
PDF icon Shadow Study 2-20-17
PDF icon Staff Report 08/06/2018 - 11:57am
Walnut Street 33 ZBA 2017-44 Jun 21, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 5-4-17 PDF icon Staff Report 08/06/2018 - 11:57am

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