August 15, 2014 at 2:17 pm

Cody High, neighborhood overhaul heads into homestretch

GM engineers Winston Mutia, left, 36, of Clinton Twp., and Alexandria Wilson, right, 25, of Grand Blanc, weed wip in front of vacant houses on Piedmont. (Todd McInturf / The Detroit News)

Detroit A massive effort aimed at transforming Cody High School and surrounding neighborhoods continued Friday for a fifth day as volunteers armed with shovels, paintbrushes and weed wackers attacked weeds, neglect and blight in northwest Detroit.

Life Remodeled, a nonprofit thats mobilizing thousands of volunteers, expects the project to cost $5.5 million. Workers are carrying out major renovations at Cody, sprucing up nearby Mann and Henderson elementary schools and doing cleanup, maintenance and remodeling work in residential areas.

Projects at Cody include a new roof, electrical repairs, landscaping and a new football field. The school also is getting a medical simulation lab, a leadership lab and a lab for science, technology, engineering and math.

Participants include Quicken Loans, Chrysler, General Motors and churches from across Metro Detroit.

On Friday, GM and Chrysler employees unloaded dirt, trimmed back weeds and painted buildings in the Cody Rouge area around Piedmont and Tireman.

The renovation project is scheduled to run through Saturday, with a community celebration planned for Sunday afternoon at Stein Park.

Chrysler employees Amy Hickman, left, 29, of Oxford, and Christina Bjelica, ... (Todd McInturf / The Detroit News)