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On Wednesday morning a notice appeared on the Nova Scotia Government tenders page asking for bids to demolish the Northcliffe Recreational Centre. (CBC)

A call for tenders to demolish an abandoned community centre in Halifax sent officials scrambling and had locals scratching their heads on Wednesday.

The Northcliffe Recreation Centre has been boarded up for almost two years as the city decides what to do with the building and surrounding land.

On Wednesday morning a notice appeared on the Government of Nova Scotia tenders page asking for bids to demolish the building.

The trouble is neither senior staff at city hall nor the local councilor knew anything about that. The tender was rescinded after CBC inquiries determined the demolition hadn't been approved by council.

The fate of the former community centre will be discussed by council next month.