A 48-unit senior housing facility for low-income seniors is expected to open next month in Atlantic City.

Tom Hannon, director of operations for the Atlantic City Public Housing Authority, said the 48,000-square-foot, four-level building at Madison and New Hampshire avenues will be open on Jan. 14 — nearly 8 1/2 years after the initial completion date.

The John P. Whittington Senior Assisted Living Center was planned to open Dec. 5 but the date was pushed back due to Hurricane Sandy, Hannon said.

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SRC Industries International Inc. of New York City originally intended to open the facility in September 2004, but after legal problems the authority terminated its contract in 2008. The authority finished the project on its own.

In addition to the seniors the facility will have about 5,000 square feet of office space. The Board of Commissioners selected Prudential Fox & Roach in Northfield as its broker to find tenants at Thursday's meeting. The rent from the lease will help offset the costs of operating the facility, Hannon said.

The authority had spent the past year and a half trying to find tenants on its own, but Hannon said because of a unique footprint in the building it needed a professional broker to find the right tenants.

Also at the meeting, the commissioners approved the contract of its executive director, Pamela T. James, through 2013. Attorney Brian Rosenberger said James did not ask for a raise and will make the same salary of $135,000.

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