CHRISTMAS may come early for Glenwood residents.
Construction has started on the Glenwood Resource Hub, due to be completed in December.
It will be an extension of the existing Glenwood Neighbourhood Centre, which turns 10 this year.
Work started a fortnight ago and is already ahead of schedule.
The $5.5 million facility will include a multi-purpose hall to seat 250 and Glenwood's first cafe.
The cafe will have a training kitchen and become a social enterprise that provides employment outcomes.
"It will be a nice Christmas present for Glenwood if the hub is finished by then," neighbourhood centre management committee secretary Bob McKay said.
"We're virtually an island boarded by two main roads (Sunnyholt and Old Windsor roads) and the M7. With a population of 15,000, I think the community will make great use of the new facility. The coffee shop will be a big hit."
The existing facility can't keep up with demand and is booked out from Monday to Sunday.
"I get a lot of feedback from frustrated residents who are unable to use it because it's always booked out," Mr McKay said.
The hub's features and design reflect what the community asked for.
More than 110 residents filled in a survey of what they wanted at the new hub at an open day.
"This will be a gathering place for the community," mayor Len Robinson said.
The existing facility will continue to run as normal.