A second wave of residential development is expected to expand the market by 3,384 apartments in 12 buildings in the next three years, altering the skyline and boosting the population by more than 60 percent to some 21,000 people.
The first construction boom, spurred by a 2004 rezoning, resulted in more than 29 buildings with nearly 5,000 apartments, according to the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership; the longtime office and shopping district thereby became a fledgling neighborhood. But because some basic services lagged behind, early residents did their grocery-shopping and barhopping in better-established enclaves, including Fort Greene, Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill.
This time around there will be more options.
Major retail and restaurant chains are opening up alongside smaller franchises and independent shops. In the past year, H & M, Swarovski crystal and Armani Exchange opened on the Fulton Mall, the bustling shopping corridor that runs between Adams Street and Flatbush Avenue.