The typical asking rate per listing is in the $30's per square foot per year. The Historic Downtown region is going through a a boost in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate rose $33 per sqft per year.
Compared to the rest of the Jersey City market, the Historic Downtown region has smaller rates, so you should have no trouble finding a great deal in this depreciated region.
In the last 90 days, 1 listings have been made available, which means office spaces most likley are leasing quickly. You'll want to be prepared to make an offer immediately. About 100% of the available leases in the Historic Downtown are subleases, so you might be able to snag a great spot on a short term. There aren't many listings below 2,000 square feet posted, so finding a space for a small business might be tough.
The standard measurement for office space in this area is around 2,080 sqft. Most buildings in this area are around 4 stories. Most buildings in this region were built in 1980 and are Class C.
Not much of the real estate is used for commercial space, so it might be hard to find office space. Manufacturing is the dominant industry in this region. Commute by public transit is the most popular way to get to work amongst Historic Downtown occupants. Commuting around 20 minutes a day is the norm for those who opt to reside in this part of town.