On average, listings lease in the $10's per square foot per year. The South St. Paul region is going through a a boost in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate went up $20 per sqft per year.
In the last 90 days, 6 listings have come on the market, which means spaces most likley are going fast. You'll want to be prepared to make an offer immediately. About 50% of the listings in the South St. Paul are subleases, so you might be able to find a shorter term or below market rent. There aren't many listings below 2,000 square feet on the market, so finding a space for a small business might be tough.
Even though the median size is 3,500 sqft, there are still 0 office spaces below 2,000 sqft. Most properties in this market are around 2 stories. Most buildings in this region were built in 2001 and are Class B.
Not much of the real estate is used for commercial space, so it might be hard to find office space. Arts, entertainment, and restaurants are the dominant industries in this region. Commute by car is the most popular way to get to work amongst South St. Paul folk. Commuting more than an hour and a half a day is the norm for those who opt to reside in this part of town.