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A sign marks the site of Elk Crossing, a new assisted living center under construction in Duncan. The 65,000-square-foot long-term care facility will include beds for 120 residents and a state-of-the-art therapy gym.

Duncan getting new assisted living center

A new assisted living center being built in Duncan will offer residents the feel of a community rather than just a care facility, according to owner Jeff Gregston.

Gregston said Elk Crossing, under construction on formerly undeveloped land in the 700 block of Elk Avenue, will be a 120-bed long-term care facility. But in addition to its wings of rooms for residents, there will be a wing for rehabilitation activities, which will include a state-of-the-art therapy gym. In between, there will be a "streetscape" that will offer the feel of a downtown neighborhood with street lamps and storefronts. There will be a chapel, a barber shop and possibly even an ice cream parlor or a dance school for youths, all of which should enhance the quality of life of residents, Gregston said.

The state has certified a need for the care center. Gregston was able to purchase the license to open and operate it because of the closing a couple of years ago of the former Duncan Care Center. He also owns and operates the Stepping Stone Rehabilitation Center, another long-term care facility in Marlow, and he is a part-owner of West Wind Assisted Living Center in Marlow. The Gregston family has been in the Marlow area for more than 80 years. Its involvement in nursing and medical care started with Dr. Jack L. Gregston when he opened a hospital in 1954 and then Gregston Nursing Home in 1957.

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