On average, listings lease in the $20's per square foot per year. The Athens-Clarke County unified government (balance) submarket is experiencing a a boost in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate rose $5 per sqft per year. That's a 22% rise in rent.
In the last 90 days, 10 listings have been made available, which means leases most likley are going fast. You'll want to be prepared to make an offer immediately. About 50% of the available leases in the Athens-Clarke County unified government (balance) 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 posted, so finding a space for a small business might be tough.
Even though the median size is 3,480 sqft, there are still 0 spaces below 2,000 sqft. Most properties in this region are approximately 2 stories. Most buildings in this region were built in 1989 and are Class B.