Local real estate brokerage and management firm Hughes Marino has purchased the downtown building that formerly housed San Diego Magazine for $1.8 million, and will convert it for use as its new headquarters.

A company statement July 27 said the building at 1450 Front St., at the entrance to downtown and Little Italy, will get a complete internal and external overhaul and is expected to become LEED-certified with rooftop solar panels and multiple skylights. Renovation is expected to be completed in December.

According to company President Jason Hughes, the building’s 1980s design will be converted to include a “classic brick exterior” with steel and expanded glass details. The new building will double the firm’s existing downtown space to 13,000 square feet, and will include a gym, billiards room, putting green and multiple conference and media rooms.

The statement said Hughes Marino’s in-house construction management team, led by Kirt Gilliland and the firm’s LEED-certified specialists, Dean Petersen and Steven Gorup, are overseeing the renovation.

— Lou Hirsh