Starfish Properties Completes Façade Lighting Project with Grant from DHBC

March 12/20
Starfish Properties Completes Façade Lighting Project with Grant from DHBC

Developer, building owner, and property manager Starfish Properties is pleased to announce that their latest project is now complete. Starfish Properties partnered with Downtown Halifax Business Commission (DHBC) to install LED façade lighting on the G.M. Smith Building at 1717 Barrington Street through DHBC’s Gritty to Pretty Façade Lighting placemaking grant program. Gritty to Pretty grant projects contribute to DHBC’s strategic beautification goals.

“We’re so pleased with the result of the façade lighting at 1717 Barrington Street,” said Paul MacKinnon, Chief Executive Officer of Downtown Halifax Business Commission. “Subtle changes to the urban street-wall can make a big difference to the pedestrian experience.”

While complementing the heritage architecture and producing a unique warmth to Barrington Street, the other benefit of the new lighting is that it is also much more energy and cost-efficient. The flexibility in direction, colour, and intensity with the LED lights will cast their glow onto the building and add to the pedestrian experience as well as the vibrancy of Downtown Halifax.

The lighting system has the ability to change the colour scheme based on holidays, special awareness days, and certain requests to support causes and campaigns by local, surrounding businesses. The new lighting will not only enhance the Downtown urban experience for residents but will also add to the experience for the ever-growing number of tourists and visitors.

Starfish Properties would like to thank Downtown Halifax Business Commission for its contribution through the Gritty to Pretty program and their continued support over the years. Starfish would also like to thank Everlast Electric for the installation of the lighting.

About Starfish Properties:

For over 25 years, the partners of Starfish Properties have been developing, restoring, and building character projects in the Downtown core of Halifax, Nova Scotia. In this time, Starfish has grown the portfolio and has maintained some of Halifax’s most successful businesses, as well as maintained some of the region’s most exciting heritage icons. For more information, visit

About Gritty to Pretty Placemaking Grant:

In 2015, Downtown Halifax Business Commission (DHBC) introduced a new placemaking grant program, Gritty to Pretty, to award a limited number of grants for placemaking projects located in Downtown Halifax. Gritty to Pretty includes three grants: Open Grant, Façade Lighting Grant, and the new Mural Grant. These projects contribute to DHBC’s strategic placemaking goals. DHBC’s Placemaking Action Team, comprised of DHBC members, evaluate all capital project opportunities against specific criteria as outlined in the sections within the application forms. For more information, visit