The Ventura Planning Commission has extended by five years the deadline for completing renovations at a Ventura landmark to be used as a museum and community center.
The Dudley House, a three-story 19th-century Victorian farmhouse, has been under renovation since it was moved in 1981 from a site near Ventura College to Loma Vista Road and Ashwood Avenue. San Buenaventura Heritage, a nonprofit organization, was formed to oversee the project, but progress has been slow because most of the work is done by volunteers.
So far, $250,000 has been used for renovation, and another $100,000 is needed to finish the project, said Steve Cummings, the group’s president. Much of the money has been raised by San Buenaventura Heritage, and a state grant of $57,900 helped pay for porch railings and lot drainage.
“The landscaping and the interior of the house still need to be done,” Cummings said. “We’re halfway finished, but we could complete the entire project soon if we get the volunteer help we’re seeking.”
The deadline, required as part of the planning process, had been in February.