On average, listings lease in the $20's per square foot per year. The Independence region is going through a decline in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate fell $3 per sqft per year. That's a 13% decrease in rent.
In the last 90 days, 63 listings have come on the market, so you'll want to check back regularly for new listings. About 6% of the available space in the Independence are subleases, so you will probably have to consider a longer term lease. 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 2,500 sqft. Most properties in this area are around 4 stories. Most buildings in this region were built in 1987 and are Class A.