The typical asking rate per listing is in the $20's per square foot per year. The Downtown Lansing submarket is going through a a rise in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate increased $4 per sqft per year. That's a 17% rise in rent.
In the last 90 days, 18 listings have been posted online, which means leases most likley are going fast. You'll want to be prepared to make an offer immediately. About 67% of the available leases in the Downtown Lansing 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 on the market, so finding a space for a small business might be tough.
The standard measurement for office space in this area is around 1,080 sqft. Most properties in this area are close to 2 stories. Most buildings in this market were built in 1901 and are Class B.
Not much of the real estate is used for commercial space, so it might be hard to find office space. Finance and insurance are the dominant industries in this market. Most of the occupants of Downtown Lansing work from home. Commuting between 30 and 45 minutes a day is the norm for those who opt to reside in this part of town.