On average, listings lease in the $10's per square foot per year. The Damascus submarket is going through a a boost in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate increased $16 per sqft per year.
Compared to the rest of the Washington D.C. market, the Damascus submarket has lower rates, so you should have no trouble finding a great deal in this undervalued region.
In the last 90 days, 3 listings have been posted online, which means spaces are probably going fast. You'll want to be prepared to tour spaces as quick as possible. About 67% of the listings in the Damascus are subleases, so you might be able to snag a great spot on a short term. There aren't many listings below 2,000 square feet available, so finding a space for a small business might be tough.
Even though the median size is 3,580 sqft, there are still 0 spaces below 2,000 sqft. Most buildings in this area were built in 1964 and are Class B.