On average, listings lease in the $20's per square foot per year. The Downtown Tacoma submarket is seeing a an increase in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate went up $5 per sqft per year. That's a 22% increase in rent.
Compared to the rest of the Seattle Metropolitan Area market, the Downtown Tacoma region has smaller rates, so you should have no trouble finding a great deal in this depreciated submarket.
In the last 90 days, 8 listings have been posted online, which means office spaces most likley are leasing quickly. You'll want to be prepared to make an offer immediately. 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 2,290 sqft. Most properties in this area are around 3 stories. Most buildings in this area were built in 1931 and are Class B.
Not much of the real estate is used for commercial space, so it might be hard to find office space. Wholesale trade is the dominant industry in this market. Commute by public transit is the most popular way to get to work amongst Downtown Tacoma residents. Commuting between 30 and 45 minutes a day is the norm for those who opt to reside in this part of town.