THE BRONX - A Bronx senior center that’s also supposed to be a cooling center is feeling the heat after its main air conditioning unit broke down about three weeks ago.

The director of the James Monroe Senior Center says she's in contact with the city's Department of Health to approve a contact for repairs, which will cost more than $7,000.

The approval could take another couple of weeks, but senior citizens say that any wait is too long, especially during this week's heat wave.

The center is providing bottled water throughout the day, and fans have been set up to help keep everyone as cool as possible.

The city's Department of Aging told News 12 that the broken air conditioning unit will be fixed as soon as possible.