A first batch of city of Medford employees will move back into City Hall Saturday after an 11-month displacement for building renovations.

About 33 employees, including the city manager, city recorder and finance and human resources departments, will leave their temporary quarters at the Microvellum Inc. building at West Sixth Street to move into the third floor of City Hall, 411 W. 8th St. Business owners applying for business licenses will do so on the third floor of City Hall starting Monday.

Employees from the second floor and first floor will return to City Hall Sept. 12 and Sept. 19, respectively.

“By Sept. 21 we should have everybody back in City Hall,” said Brian Sjothun, Medford Parks and Recreation director.

The opening of the third floor includes the debut of the City Council’s remodeled chambers. The new chambers have theater-style seating and a more intimate feel. The new layout allows council members to sit face-to-face with attendees instead of being encircled by the audience, a configuration that caused council members’ backs to face spectators.

The $3.5 million in renovations by Grants Pass-based Ausland Builders Inc. also includes new heating and air-conditioning systems, energy-efficient lighting and toilets, new hallway and bathroom tiling and new carpeting in some offices.

— Paris Achen