PHOTO: MAARTEN HOLL/STUFF – It was only 2016 when residents feared the quick succession of tenants leaving the Wainuiomata Mall could spell disaster for suburb. (File photo)

It’s been an area in decline for decades with a dwindling population and decaying mall, but the housing shortage may provide a silver lining for Wainuiomata and its undeveloped land.

After years in the doldrums, the future is looking much brighter for Wainuiomata.

News that work is about to begin on a $50 million retirement village is just the latest in a string of positives for the Lower Hutt suburb.