Beautification is a priority component of the overall strategic realization of the Bal Harbour experience. As such, in 2018, the Village issued Request for Qualifications (RFQ) No. 2018-03 for the provision of Landscape Architecture and Engineering Services, in order to retain the services of one or more design firms to assist the Village in the development and construction of cohesive aesthetically-designed projects for the Public Spaces within the Village. The RFQ was awarded to Mikyoung Kim Design (MYKD).In order to create a cohesive result, the 96th Street plaza is included as part of the overall Jetty/Cutwalk project. The areas included are as follows:
- Jetty structure, pedestrian surfacing, safety elements along with functionality and safety improvements;
- The Cutwalk from the Jetty to the parking lot and right of way areas under and adjacent to the Herman B. Fultz Bridge;
- 96 Street east of Collins Avenue to the edge of the beach.
At the December 2019 Council Meeting, the Council approved the Basis of Design Report (BODR) for the Jetty, Cutwalk Project and also approved the additional service for MYKD to provide the visioning for the 96th Street Terminus in alignment with the design for the Jetty. The Vision Plan was provided in April 2020. The vision includes a paved walkway with an iconic wave pattern, as well as stepped seating with wooden canopies to enhance the natural aesthetic of the entranceway to the ocean.