On average, listings lease in the $20's per square foot per year. The Downtown Norfolk submarket is going through a a boost in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate went up $24 per sqft per year.
In the last 90 days, 27 listings have come on the market, which means listings most likley are going fast. You'll want to be prepared to make an offer immediately. About 104% of the listings in the Downtown Norfolk are subleases, so you might be able to sign a shorter term by taking over a previous lease. There aren't many listings below 2,000 square feet available, so finding a space for a small business might be tough.
The standard measurement for office space in this area is around 2,500 sqft. Most buildings in this area are close to 8 stories. Most buildings in this area were built in 1976 and are Class A.
A large portion of this region is residential, but there's plenty of office_space. Utilities is the dominant industry in this area. Most of the residents of Downtown Norfolk work from home. Commuting under 5 minutes a day is the norm for those who opt to reside in this part of town.