On average, listings lease in the $20's per square foot per year. The Richmond submarket is going through a an increase in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate went up $1 per sqft per year. That's a 3% rise in rent.
Compared to the rest of the Richmond market, the Richmond region has lower rates, so you should have no trouble finding a great deal in this depreciated region.
In the last 90 days, 44 listings have been posted online, so you'll want to check back regularly for new listings. 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 1,570 sqft. Most properties in this region are around 2 floors. Most buildings in this market were built in 1957 and are Class B.