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
McGrath Highway 1 ZBA 2018-138 Dec 12, 2018 PDF icon Narrative of changes
PDF icon Architectural Plans 9-27-18
PDF icon Civil Plans 9-26-18
11/07/2018 - 12:43pm
Broadway 1244 ZBA 2018-135 Dec 12, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 10-19-18 11/08/2018 - 2:54pm
Elm Street 36 ZBA 2018-127 Dec 12, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 9-4-18 11/07/2018 - 3:23pm
Elmwood Street 17 ZBA 2018-125 Dec 12, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 8-23-18
PDF icon Survey 5-8-18
11/08/2018 - 2:54pm
Morrison Avenue 2 ZBA 2018-146 Dec 12, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 10-19-18 11/08/2018 - 2:54pm
Tennyson Street 39 ZBA 2018-149 Dec 12, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 10-19-18 11/08/2018 - 3:52pm
Myrtle 61 ZBA 2018-140 Dec 10, 2018 PDF icon EC-2
PDF icon ADA
PDF icon SP
PDF icon SP app
PDF icon Existing Conditions
10/17/2018 - 10:51am
Roland Street / Inner Belt Rd 56 / 0 & 20 PB 2018-18 Nov 29, 2018 PDF icon Subdivision Plan 10-10-18 11/08/2018 - 3:03pm
Alpine St 81-83 ZBA 2018-141 Nov 28, 2018 PDF icon Alpine St 81-83 - Plan Set.pdf 11/15/2018 - 8:48pm
Roland Street / Inner Belt Rd 56 / 0 & 20 ZBA 2018-142 & ZBA 2018-143 Nov 28, 2018 PDF icon Proposed Plan Set 10-10-18
PDF icon Phase 1 Env. Report 10-7-17
PDF icon Stormwater Memo 10-10-18
PDF icon Traffic Memo 10-18
11/07/2018 - 10:36am
Myrtle St 61 ZBA 2018-140 Nov 28, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 11/15/2018 - 8:50pm
Prescott Street 57 ZBA 2018-150 Nov 28, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 10-17-18 11/07/2018 - 12:06pm
Oxford Street 134-136 ZBA 2018-155 Nov 28, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 10-10-18 11/07/2018 - 12:08pm
Dimick Street 68 ZBA 2018-151 Nov 28, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 10-24-18
PDF icon Accessibility Narrative 10-25-18
11/07/2018 - 12:11pm
Pearson Avenue 68 ZBA 2018-134 Nov 28, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 9-10-18 11/07/2018 - 12:14pm


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