Peter Petrarca

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Johnson & Wales University has purchased the property that housed the  troubled Club Karma on Richmond Street in Providence for $1.6 million, according to a statement from college spokeswoman Lisa Pelosi.

The university intends to use the property either to ``accommodate the university’s expanding academic programs or for student life services.’’

Club Karma was shut down last year by the city’s licensing board after two men were shot at the nightclub on January 25, 2014.

Former five-term state representative Peter Petrarca, whose ties to the auto body industry emerged as issue during his 2012 re-election campaign, has registered to lobby at the General Assembly this session for the Auto Body Association of Rhode Island.

Although Petrarca doesn't yet show up on the state's lobbyist registration system, the Secretary of State's office and Petrarca confirm he has registered to lobby for ABARI through his firm, Orion Consulting.