The new Visitors Center at Allen Street and I-5 in Kelso is a step closer to reality, as the Kelso City Council approves the purchase of a new modular building to replace the old center next to I-5. The Council approved spending just less than $200,000 for the new 42′ x 48′ building; City Manager Steve Taylor says that they’re able to take advantage of a long-standing arrangement with King County that helps with a better deal…vcpurchase…City Engineer/Community Development Director Mike Kardis says that they’re completing the process of obtaining the permits for demolition of the existing structure; that’s taking a little longer, as there is a small amount of asbestos that needs to be dealt with before the old buildings can be removed. Kardis says that demolition should proceed quickly after that, and should be done by the end of this month. Taylor says that the purchase of the new building should be complete by the end of September, with installation to be completed shortly after that. The new building is being paid for through a combination of money from Kelso Lodging Tax funds, a Rural Economic Development Grant from Cowlitz County, and involvement from the Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce.