Almost a year ago, St Luke’s Anglican Church, formally known as the Muller Memorial Church, was weather-stained and run-down.
Twelve months on, the Eglinton church and its surrounding land has been transformed into a bright community hub, with a secondary building next to the church being constructed.
Opening for the first time in early February, the space, which has been labelled The Church Block Eglinton, has the potential to house small businesses and it already has one, The Church Block Cafe.
The Church Block owner Lisa Davis said the new building complements the historic church.
"The feedback we've received from the Eglinton community already is really favourable," she said.
"The older people who may have been married in the church or had children baptised said they've all been happy to see it in this state.
"Now this area is back to its original purpose, to be a place for the community to meet together."
The new building has the ability to house up to five small businesses, The Church Block Cafe the first to utilise the place opening in early February.
There is a courtyard between the church and the new building, with places for people to sit and relax, next to garden beds to grow organic products.
Stage two of development will see the inside of the church transformed into a place to display Eglinton history.
"We're reigniting this historic building that has laid dormant for many years by recreating a community hub," Ms Davis said.
"We're looking forward to new tenants coming into the new building. We want to make it friendly and accessible as possible."
Ms Davis, who owns the land alongside her husband Peter Davis, said the project has been a long term vision of hers.
She said Bathurst Regional Council has been tremendous in helping with the work.
"We've had a lot of support from Bathurst Regional Council and they've been instrumental with helping us with small grants," she said.
The church was originally opened back on November 18, 1900 and was named after John Deitrich Muller who erected many of the older buildings in the district.
Of the three original churches in Eglinton, this church building is the only one to remain.
It was closed for services in 1986 and the land was purchased by the Davis family in 2002.