Making matzo bread at the Streits factory on Rivington St.
Matzo factory property will go for lots of dough
By Albert Amateau
After 82 years at the corner of Rivington and Suffolk Sts., Streits is putting its factory buildings on the block and planning to move all of its manufacturing out of the city.
Considering the changes on the Lower East Side in recent years, its a wonder that Steits is still baking and shipping matzos, matzo meal and matzo farfel in the four adjacent converted tenements on the Lower East Side.
Weve been here so long that its hard not to be sad that were going, said Alan Adler, whose father and grandfather founded the business which began in 1914 in a little mom-and-pop bakery on Pitt St.
It doesnt mean the end of the company. Streits has been packing its box products, soup mixes and the like for the past few years in New Jersey. But the baking of matzo, the ritual unleavened Passover bread, that takes place in the four adjacent buildings at 148-154 Rivington St., will be moving to an as-yet-undecided location in the New York City area.
The Streit family moved into the first of the four Rivington St. buildings in 1925.
Depending on the season Passover being the peak time between 80 and 90 people work at the Rivington St. factory.
The tentative asking price for the four buildings, one six stories tall, two five stories and one four stories, with a total of 48,000 square feet, is $25 million.
We havent actually listed it with anyone yet, Adler said, but weve been getting offers for a few years.
Almost all of the potential buyers have indicated they were planning residential development, some with ground-floor retail, and most were talking about condos, Adler said.