Officials discuss ways to improve business in downtown Brooklyn

Business owners met Thursday to address concerns about their financial futures and where they fit in to the city's ambitious downtown redevelopment plans.

Representatives from the Fulton Avenue Association and Metrotech Business Improvement District discussed ways to help smaller businesses compete in the changing area. One business owner said he's finding it hard to stay open since the arrival of the Atlantic Terminal, a shopping complex at the intersection of Atlantic and Flatbush avenues.

To ease the concerns of business owners, Deputy Mayor Dan Doctoroff said upcoming projects like the Atlantic Yards would be good for merchants. The head of Metrotech agreed, saying the key is to give storeowners the tools to remain competitive.

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