Project Plans and Staff Reports

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Archived Materials 

  • CHC Meeting on Thursday, July 6, 2017. Case materials for public hearing items are included below: 
    • Meeting Notice
    • Agenda
    • Minutes
    • Case 3815: 151 Brattle St. Replace basement window sash, construct dormer and basement stair enclosure on rear elevation; enlarge basement windows and construct window wells on north and east elevations. 

    • Case 3816: 6-12 Mason St. Remove existing skylight and housing and replace with lower, pyramidal (hipped) skylight.

    • Case 3817: 27 Holyoke Pl., Install a sign for the choir school at fourth floor of building, facing west.

    • Case L-118: 66-68 Otis St. Consider draft landmark designation report and made recommendation to city council.
    • Case D-1431 and D-1447 (Amended): 227/229 and 221-225 Concord Ave. Consider revised project plans for moving house on lot and select demolition at rear of retail buildings. 
    • Case D-1446 (Amended): 247 Lakeview Ave. Consider revised project plans to relocate house (1899) on lot.
    • Case D-1456: 411 Massachusetts Ave. Demolish and reconstruct commercial building (1887) as part of larger Mass + Main project.
    • Case D-1457: 29 Bellis Cir. Demolish house (1856).
    • Case 3825: 19A Berkeley St. Build retaining wall and stone paths at rear of property.

  • CHC Meeting on Thursday, June 1, 2017. Case materials for public hearing items are included below:

     

     

  • CHC Meeting on Thursday, May 25, 2017. Case materials for public hearing items are included below: 
  • CHC Meeting on Thursday, May 4, 2017. Case materials for public hearing items are included below: 
    • Meeting Notice
    • Agenda
    • Minutes
    • Case 3772: 5 Longfellow Pk. Replace 2 windows in meeting house.
    • Case 3774: 11 Garden St. Move brick path, gate and fence; alter landscape features.
      • application
    • Case 3775: Grays Hall, 7 Harvard Yd. Construct sloped walkway to basement entry; remove lift; relocate bike racks.
    • Case 3776: Hastings Hall, 1533-1541 Massachusetts Ave. Install window A/C. 
    • Case 3777: Radcliffe Gates. Alter signs.
    • Case 3778: 4 Craigie St. Paving changes; install water feature and stone wall with BBQ grill.
    • Case 3779: 40 Cottage St. Make alterations to house and ell. Construct addition on east side of ell. Demolish garage.
    • Case D-1432 (continued): 50 York St. Review and comment on new affordable housing building to replace St. Patrick's Church building.
    • Case D-1446: 247 Lakeview Ave. Relocate house (1899) on lot.
    • Case D-1431 (amendment): 227/229 Concord Ave. Amend new location of house on lot.
    • Case D-1447: 221-223 Concord Ave. Demolish retail buildings (1925).
    • Director's Report (no written report this month)

  • CHC Meeting on Thursday, April 6, 2017. Case materials for public hearing items are included below:


  • CHC Meeting on Thursday, March 2, 2017. Case materials for public hearing items are included below:
    • Meeting Notice
    • Agenda
    • Minutes
    • Case 2954: 40 Bow St. Install signs.
    • Case 3744: 1 Berkeley St. Build deck on northwest side, replace window with door to deck, add window on rear wall.
    • Case L-125: 1-7 JFK St. Petition requesting reconsideration of the commission's decision to not initiate a landmark study for the Abbot Building.
    • Harvard Square Conservation District. Petition to initiate a study process to amend the terms of the Harvard Square Conservation District order.
    • Director's Report (no written report this month)

  • CHC Meeting on Thursday, February 16, 2017. Case materials for public hearing items are included below:
    • Meeting Notice
    • Agenda
    • Minutes
    • Case 3678 (continued and amended): 1-7 & 9-11 JFK St. and 18-20 Brattle St. Renovate 1-7 JFK St. and 18-20 Brattle St. Demolish building at 9-11 JFK St. (with frontage also on Brattle St.) and construct new infill building, alter storefronts, and construct upper story addition.

  • CHC Meeting on Thursday, February 2, 2017. Case materials for public hearing items are included below:


  • CHC Meeting on Thursday, January 5, 2017. Case materials for public hearing items are included below:

  • CHC Meeting on Thursday, December 1, 2016. Case materials for public hearing items are included below:

    • Agenda
    • Minutes of Dec. 1, 2016
    • Case 3678 (continued and amended): 1-7 & 9-11 JFK St. and 18-20 Brattle St. Renovate 1-7 JFK St. and 18-20 Brattle St. Demolish building at 9-11 JFK St. (with frontage also on Brattle St.) and construct new infill building, alter storefronts, and construct upper story addition.
    • Case L-125: 1-7 JFK St. Petition to initiate landmark study of the Abbott Building.
    • Case 3707: 1734 Massachusetts Ave. Install new window on first floor of north side of building. application
    • Case 3708: 126 Mt. Auburn St. Install HVAC equipment and wood enclosure/screen. application
    • Case 3709: 42 Brattle St. Replace front door. application
    • Case 3710: 25 Central Square. Restore building, replace lintels, and modify front window and door. application
    • Case D-1384 & D-1385 (continued and amended): 207 & 227 Cambridge St. Application to demolish 207 Cambridge St. and preserve 227 Cambridge St. (bank building) per amended project plans. Consider whether to initiate a landmark designation study of the preferably preserved buildings. amended plans
    • Cases L-123 and L-124: 207 and 227 Cambridge St. Petitions to initiate landmark studies.
    • Case D-1413: 16 Kennedy Rd. Demolish house (1875). application and plans and memo
    • Case D-1414: 7 RC Kelley St. Demolish house (1869). application and plans and memo
    • Summary of Campus Architectural Survey, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. By MIT Planning Office.
    • Case L-122: 101 Rogers St. Petition to initiate landmark study for the Foundry Building.
    • Executive Director's Report (no written report this month)


  • CHC Meeting on Thursday, November 3, 2016. Case materials for public hearing items are included below:

    • Agenda
    • Minutes of Nov 3, 2016
    • Case 3698: 13 Waterhouse St. To install temporary banner. application
    • Case 3699: 19 Follen St. To install rooftop solar array. application
    • Case 3700: 98 Winthrop St. To demolish outside bar; repave patio; remove and rebuild chimney; move patio door; and make patio accessible. application
    • Case 3364: 16-18 Eliot St.. To amend the design of a 3-story residential addition by expanding the addition to the north over the existing 1-story commercial portion of the building. letter to amend amended plans
    • Case D-1384 & D-1385: 207 and 227 Cambridge St. Consider request to extend the demolition delay period at the request of the owner. Consider whether to initiate a landmark designation study of the preferably preserved buildings. letter
    • Case L-121: Harvard Square Kiosk. Consider petition of registered Cambridge voters to initiate a landmark designation study of the Kiosk. petition and supplementary materials staff memo
    • Executive Director's Report (no written report this month)

  • CHC Meeting on Thursday, October 6, 2016. Case materials for public hearing items are included below:

    • Agenda
    • Minutes of October 6, 2016
    • CHC slideshow
    • Case 3688: 8 Berkeley Pl. To construct dormer on west elevation, alter bay, install two new windows, rebuild entry stair and add iron hand railings. application
    • Case 3444 (amendment): 14 Craigie St. Review modified plans for new construction at rear of property to include a detached conservatory. new revised plans (Oct '16) revised plans (Sept '16)
    • Case 3678: 1-7 & 9-11 JFK St. and 18-20 Brattle St. (the Curious George, Urban Outfitters, Tess block) Renovate buildings, alter storefronts, and construct upper story additions. application plans slides 9/8/16
    • Case L-119 (continued): 135 Western Ave. Consider draft study report for designation. Request for further continuance to November meeting.
    • Case D-1402 (amendment): 146-148 Pearl St. Demolish house (1855) Consider revised replacement project plans. revised application (Sept 2016) original application (June 2016)
    • Executive Director's Report

  • CHC Meeting on Thursday, September 8, 2016. Case materials for public hearing items are included below:

    • Agenda
    • Minutes of Sep 8, 2016
    • CHC slideshow
    • Case 3444 (Amendment): 14 Craigie St. Review modified plans for new construction at rear of property to include a detached conservatory. revised plans
    • Case 3675: 43 Reservoir St. Exterior renovations and repairs including replacement of select windows, removal of trellis, and installation of shutters. application/plans
    • Case 3676: 2 Highland St. Replace select windows; replace clapboards and trim; alter design details at gable and rear entry porch to match existing elsewhere on house. application/ plans
    • Case 3677: Harvard Yard. Install wireless access points and antennas to enable service in Yard. application/plans
    • Case 3678: 1-7 & 9-11 JFK St. and 18-20 Brattle St. Renovate buildings, alter storefronts, and construct upper story additions. application plans slides 9/8/16
    • Case L-120: 851 & 855 Cambridge St. Consider petition received for initiation of landmark designation study for the Sunset Cafe building. petition staff memo
    • Cases D-1384 & D-1385: 207 & 227 Cambridge St. Consider request to extend the demolition delay period at the request of the owner. Consider whether to initiate a landmark designation study of the preferably preserved buildings. letter
    • Case D-1410: 54-56 Reed St. Demolish house (1875). staff memo application plans
    • Executive Director's Report (June, July, August 2016)

  • CHC Meeting on Thursday, August 4, 2016. Case materials for public hearing items are included below:

    • Case 3659: 18-20 Farwell Pl. Construct dormer, basement egress stair, erect fence and gate, install skylights, add door, sidelights, and transom at rear. application
    • Case 3660: 102 Appleton St. Edward Kerslake & Melinda Gray. application
    • Case 3661: 71 Appleton St. Install metal fence around south lawn terrace. application
    • Case L-119: 135 Western Ave. Consider draft study report for designation. preliminary designation report
    • Case D-1390: 40 Cottage St. Consider design revisions to proposed project; consider initiating landmark designation study. revised drawings
    • Appeal of NCD Decision: Case HCM-323: 138 Mt. Auburn St., by Loreda LLC. Appeal of Half Crown Marsh NCD decision to deny certificate of appropriateness.
      Record of case part 1 Record, part 2 Record, part 3
    • Director's Report (no report issued in August)

  • CHC Meeting on July 7, 2016. Case materials for public hearing items are included below:

    • Minutes
    • Case 3634: Byerly Hall, 6-8 Garden St. Install grates and guard rails at existing light wells and egress areas. application
    • Case 3635: 29 Highland St. Renovate house and carriage house. Construct addition at rear of house. Alterations per landscape plan. application
    • Case 3636: 138 Brattle St. Replace single window with new double window on west elevation. Modify front door. application
    • Case L-118: 66-68 Otis St. Staff report on status of construction. Public hearing on action to initiate landmark study. staff evaluation
    • Case L-117: 145 Elm St. Consider draft study report for designation. preliminary report
    • Cases D-1384 and D-1385 (amendment): 207 and 227 Cambridge St. Withdrawal of application to demolish significant buildings and revised project plans for limited scope of demolition at rear of buildings. revised proposal
    • Case D-1390 (amendment): 40 Cottage St. Amended replacement design proposal for reconsideration of decision. revised proposal
    • Case D-1395 (amendment): 216 Norfolk St. Amended replacement design proposal for reconsideration of decision. revised proposal
    • Case D-1402: 146-148 Pearl St. Application to demolish double house (1855). application
    • staff memo
    • Director's Report (no report issued this month)

  • CHC Meeting on June 2, 2016.


  • CHC Meeting on May 5, 2016
    • Case 3589: 1734 Mass. Ave. Install 2 new windows on north side. application
    • Case D-1395: 216 Norfolk St. Demolish house (built 1842; remodeled 1902) application staff memo
  • CHC Meeting on April 7, 2016
    • Case 3551: 45 Brewster St., by Robert & Alicia von Rekowsky. Construct second floor addition and deck above existing kitchen at rear of house. application shadow studies
    • Case 3573: 2 Berkeley Pl., by Virginia Coleman. Install solar array. application and plans
    • Case 3574: 3 Church St., by Cambridge First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church. Install temporary banner. application and plans
    • Case 3575: 23 Hawthorn St., by 23 Hawthorn Street Nominee Trust. Renovate exterior. Reconfigure west side roof lines. Construct two car detached garage. Change paint colors. Alter landscape structures including fences, paths, lighting, and paving. application and plans
    • Case D-1389: 24 Winter St., by Richard & Diane Vendetti. Demolish 2-story ell of house (1838). memo revised plans
  • Case materials for CHC meeting, March 3, 2016

    • Case 3545 (continued): 134 Brattle St., by P. C. M. Teunissen. Exterior restoration. Remove door and landing to 134A. Rebuild rear deck. Remove 4 rear-facing windows and replace with doors and larger windows. application plans Feb. 2016 plans Mar. 2016 (corrected set)
    • Case 3423 (amendment): 115 Brattle St., by Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Inc. Amend certificate to reflect modified plans and adjust location of new garage closer to main house. revised plans for amendment
    • Case 3550: 121 Brattle St., by Margaret & Joseph Koerner. Construct a one-car detached garage at rear of property. application
    • Case 3551: 45 Brewster St., by Robert & Alicia von Rekowsky. Construct second floor addition and deck above existing kitchen at rear of house. application corrected zoning table
    • Case D-1384 and 1385: 207 and 227 Cambridge St., by Mark Lechmere LLC. Demo 3-story multi use building (1857) and commercial bank building (1917). Update: A request has been received from the owner to continue cases D1384 and D1385. They will not be heard on March 3.
      application
      photos plans memo
    • Case D-1389: 24 Winter St., by Richard & Diane Vendetti. Demolish 2-story ell of house (1838). plans memo
    • Case D-1390: 40 Cottage St., by Roy Russell & Robin Chase. Demolish 1.5 story house (1839). plans memo


  • Case materials for CHC meeting, February 4, 2016
    • Case 2836: Lehman-Dudley House, 18 Harvard Yard, by President & Fellows of Harvard College. Renew temporary certificate for seasonal canopies providing shade for outdoor seating. application
    • Case 3544: 29 Highland St. (Reservoir Hill study area), by Christian Nolen & Sue Denny. Restore house in existing location; move carriage house forward; build connecting structure. application plans
    • Case 3545: 134 Brattle St., by P. C. M. Teunissen. Exterior restoration. Remove door and landing to 134A. Rebuild rear deck. Remove 4 rear-facing windows and replace with doors and larger windows. application plans
    • Case D-1384 and 1385: 207 and 227 Cambridge St., by Mark Lechmere LLC. Demo 3-story multi use building (1857) and commercial bank building (1917). memo (not yet available) application photos plans Please note: The applicant has requested a one-month continuance for the hearing of both cases.

  • Case materials for CHC meeting, January 7, 2016

    • Case 3533: Wadsworth House, 1341 Massachusetts Ave., by President & Fellows of Harvard College. application
    • Case 3534 and Case 3535: 42 and 56 Brattle St., by Cambridge Center for Adult Education. application
    • Case 3536: 33-39 JFK St., by Mayhaw LLC c/o NCP Management. application
    • Case D-1370: 137-139 Walden St., by Samuel (Matt) Hayes. Demo house. memo and plans
    • Case D-1382: 33 Kinnaird St., by Ryan Wittig. Demo Mansard house. memo and plans

  • Case materials for CHC meeting, October 1, 2015
    • Case 3481 (continued): 11 Dunster St., by Porter Dunster, Inc., owner, o/b/o Mike’s Pastry, tenant. Install blade signs revised sign proposal
    • Case 3482 (continued): 104 Dunster St., by Eliot Square Enterprises Trust, owner, o/b/o Harvard Employees Credit Union, tenant. Install signage. revised sign proposal
    • Case 3499: 34 Follen St., by Douglas Yoffe, 34 Follen Street LLC. Exterior renovations including alterations to windows and doors and replacement of fences. application and plans
    • Case D-1374: 136-138 Cushing St., by MacArthur Construction Co. Demolish residence/club building (ca. 1843 with later alterations).
    • Case L-110 (continuation): 37 Brookline St. Request for designation study withdrawn by property owner.
    • Appeal of Case HCM-300: 41 Gibson St. Anne Duggan & David Ranieri, owners. Consider an appeal of the Half Crown-Marsh NCD Commission's decision in Case HCM-300. Appeal was submitted by petition of Cambridge voters.


  • Lower Common Neighborhood Conservation District Study

    On June 28, 2007, the Historical Commission had a public hearing to hear the revised recommendations of the study committee and public testimony was taken. The Historical Commission voted unanimously to accept the revised recommendations of the study committee, as summarized in the staff memorandum of 06/13/07, to suspend the study and not forward the matter to the City Council at the present time, but to keep open the possibility of revisiting the idea in the future, and to direct the staff to continue to make the Study Report available to the public on the city's website. The Commission commended the study committee for their hard work and thanked them for their service and dedication.

    Property owners and residents of the neighborhood who want advice or technical support as they begin a renovation, repair, or other construction project are encouraged to contact the staff of the Historical Commission at any point in the future.

CHC Meeting on Thursday, March 3, 2016. Case materials for public hearing items are included below:

  • Case 3545 (continued): 134 Brattle St., by P. C. M. Teunissen. Exterior restoration. Remove door and landing to 134A. Rebuild rear deck. Remove 4 rear-facing windows and replace with doors and larger windows. application plans Feb. 2016 plans Mar. 2016 (corrected set)
  • Case 3423 (amendment): 115 Brattle St., by Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Inc. Amend certificate to reflect modified plans and adjust location of new garage closer to main house. revised plans for amendment
  • Case 3550: 121 Brattle St., by Margaret & Joseph Koerner. Construct a one-car detached garage at rear of property. application
  • Case 3551: 45 Brewster St., by Robert & Alicia von Rekowsky. Construct second floor addition and deck above existing kitchen at rear of house. application corrected zoning table
  • Case D-1384 and 1385: 207 and 227 Cambridge St., by Mark Lechmere LLC. Demo 3-story multi use building (1857) and commercial bank building (1917). Update: A request has been received from the owner to continue cases D1384 and D1385. They will not be heard on March 3.
    application
    photos plans memo
  • Case D-1389: 24 Winter St., by Richard & Diane Vendetti. Demolish 2-story ell of house (1838). plans memo
  • Case D-1390: 40 Cottage St., by Roy Russell & Robin Chase. Demolish 1.5 story house (1839). plans memo
  • Draft Minutes of Feb. 4, 2016

CHC Meeting on Thursday, March 3, 2016. Case materials for public hearing items are included below:

  • Case 3545 (continued): 134 Brattle St., by P. C. M. Teunissen. Exterior restoration. Remove door and landing to 134A. Rebuild rear deck. Remove 4 rear-facing windows and replace with doors and larger windows. application plans Feb. 2016 plans Mar. 2016 (corrected set)
  • Case 3423 (amendment): 115 Brattle St., by Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Inc. Amend certificate to reflect modified plans and adjust location of new garage closer to main house. revised plans for amendment
  • Case 3550: 121 Brattle St., by Margaret & Joseph Koerner. Construct a one-car detached garage at rear of property. application
  • Case 3551: 45 Brewster St., by Robert & Alicia von Rekowsky. Construct second floor addition and deck above existing kitchen at rear of house. application corrected zoning table
  • Case D-1384 and 1385: 207 and 227 Cambridge St., by Mark Lechmere LLC. Demo 3-story multi use building (1857) and commercial bank building (1917). Update: A request has been received from the owner to continue cases D1384 and D1385. They will not be heard on March 3.
    application
    photos plans memo
  • Case D-1389: 24 Winter St., by Richard & Diane Vendetti. Demolish 2-story ell of house (1838). plans memo
  • Case D-1390: 40 Cottage St., by Roy Russell & Robin Chase. Demolish 1.5 story house (1839). plans memo
  • Draft Minutes of Feb. 4, 2016