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
Oak Street 7 ZBA 2019-01 Feb 20, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 1-2-19
PDF icon Sustainability Letter 1-2-19
PDF icon Accessibility Narrative 1-2-19
01/17/2019 - 10:23am
Tufts Street 27 ZBA 2018-195 Feb 20, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 12-8-18
PDF icon Plot Plan 3-10-09
01/17/2019 - 11:48am
Irving 39 ZBA 2018-178 Feb 20, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set
PDF icon Updated plans for Feb 20 2019
02/14/2019 - 2:15pm
Eastman Road 21 ZBA 2019-02 Feb 20, 2019 PDF icon Storm Drainage Report 6-13-18
PDF icon Geotech Report 7-12-18
PDF icon Storm Drainage Summary 7-19-18
PDF icon Soil Test Pit 8-26-18
PDF icon Geotech Report 9-5-18
PDF icon Civil Site Plan 9-9-18
PDF icon Erosion Control Plan 9-3-18
PDF icon Recon Wall Calculations 9-10-18
PDF icon Structural Plans 9-10-18
PDF icon Shadow Study 12-26-18
PDF icon Plan Set 12-28-18
01/17/2019 - 10:13am
Temple Street 15 PB 2018-20 Feb 07, 2019 PDF icon Staff Report 10-16-18 PDF icon Staff Report 02/05/2019 - 4:15pm
Lovell Street 11 ZBA 2018-184 Feb 06, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 1-8-19 01/17/2019 - 9:53am
Houghton Street 21 ZBA 2018-187 Feb 06, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 12-20-18 PDF icon Staff Report 02/12/2019 - 10:51am
Oliver Street 50 ZBA 2018-186 Feb 06, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 12-18-18
PDF icon Accessibility Letter 12-18-18
PDF icon Site Diagram 9-25-18
PDF icon Staff Report 01/30/2019 - 12:10pm
Bonner Avenue 14 ZBA 2018-172 Feb 06, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 1-15-19 PDF icon Staff Report 01/30/2019 - 12:04pm
Albion St 65 ZBA 2018-179 Feb 06, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set
PDF icon Plot Plan
PDF icon Staff Report 02/04/2019 - 11:02am
Winslow Avenue 37 ZBA 2018-188 Feb 06, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set - Initial Submission PDF icon Staff Report 02/01/2019 - 10:43am
Mystic Valley Parkway 527 ZBA 2018-163 Feb 06, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set PDF icon Staff Report 02/04/2019 - 11:00am
Flint St 62 ZBA 2018-163 Feb 06, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 01/31/2019 - 10:24pm
Cutler 14 ZBA 2018-180 Feb 06, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set - Initial Submission 01/15/2019 - 12:55pm
Medford Street 496-500 ZBA 2018-185 Feb 06, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 1-7-19 PDF icon Staff Report 01/30/2019 - 12:28pm


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