Two Façade Lighting Projects Brighten Downtown Halifax

January 18/17
Two Façade Lighting Projects Brighten Downtown Halifax

NSCAD University

Downtown Halifax Business Commission (DHBC) is pleased announce that two façade lighting projects in Downtown Halifax were recently completed at NSCAD University and Ocean Optometry. The two projects were grant recipients from the 2016 Façade Lighting beautification grant program. Two applications were submitted to the Façade Lighting Grant program and both were successful.

“Lighting is so important to any downtown,” said Paul MacKinnon, Executive Director of DHBC. “It provides a safer environment, adds interest, and enhances the pedestrian experience. These two recent projects do all three.”

In May 2016, DHBC launched a call for submissions. The façade lighting grant program was developed to award a limited number of grants for beautification projects located in Downtown Halifax. These projects contribute to DHBC’s beautification efforts to make Downtown Halifax welcoming to locals and visitors alike.

Façade Lighting Grant 2016 completed projects:

NSCAD University – $8,909.25 matching grant
Location: Fountain Campus, 5163 Duke Street, bordered by Hollis, Granville and Duke Streets
Overview: Installation of exterior LED accent lighting around the perimeter of the block to accentuate elegant architecture and draw more people to the area at night to experience the pedestrian mall, appreciate the architecture, and better utilize the shops and services. For more information on this project, visit:

Ocean Optometry – $3,687.50 matching grant
Location: 5240 Blowers Street
Overview: Addition of lighting to the façade to highlight the alcove at the front of the building. Blowers Street is popular at night. With enhanced lighting, it will create a safer area and add interest.