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Push to paint 'Hamburger' water tower picks up

July 22, 2019 01:17 PM

HAMBURG, N.Y. (WHEC) — A push to transform a structure in one Western New York town is picking up.    

People in the town of Hamburg want to paint the water tower there into a giant hamburger. The idea, though, comes with a hefty price tag—an estimated $1 million.

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The group behind the plan just got its tax-exempt status approved by the IRS. It's now ramping up fundraising efforts.

The Hamburger Water Tower Committee was out at the Hamburg BurgerFest over the weekend, selling t-shirts and asking for donations.

Members of the group say it's more than just a fun idea but also an opportunity to boost tourism.

"These iconic infrastructure projects, they exist all across the United States, and people travel to see them," said Chris Hannotte Luly, chairperson of the Hamburger Water Tower Committee. "So we believe that if we paint it, they will come to the Southtowns." 

To learn more about the project you can visit their website or Facebook page.

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